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Brighton and Hove Liberal Democrats

No Voice - No Article 50

A narrow Leave vote does not give Theresa May a blank cheque to take away the UK's membership of the single market and our rights to live, work, and travel freely in Europe. If the Government won't give us a referendum on the destination of Brexit, we call on our three Brighton and Hove MPs to vote against the triggering of Article 50.

Please click here to sign our Petition asking our MPs to vote against Article 50.

The slogan of the Leave campaign in the EU referendum was 'Take back control'. What was not expressed was who exactly was going to gain control as a result of Brexit. As the anti-EU rhetoric was always about Parliamentary sovereignty, maybe we assumed this meant giving control to our elected Parliament. No sooner had the votes been counted than it became clear that hard-line Brexiteers and the new Prime Minister intended this control to be given to a small cabinet committee using the ancient prerogative of the Crown.

We beg to differ. A case was taken to the High Court asking the judges to rule on whether this procedure is legal. They said NO and indicated that Parliament has to have a say before a process can be instigated that may lead inevitably to a 'hard' exit from the EU and all the risks to which that exposes our economy.

Parliament must have a vote on the destination of our Brexit negotiations. It may be that this process is one-way only. It affects our country for generations to come.

What are those who support handing unlimited power to a cabinet subcommittee afraid of? They wanted a democratic vote. Having had one, is that the end of democracy for the time being? Are they worried that the British voters may have changed their minds now they see the complexity of the issues facing us? We need answers to these questions before Article 50 is invoked. Once it is done it may be too late.

Please click here to sign our Petition asking our MPs to vote against Article 50.