The Supreme Court yesterday rejected the government’s appeal to stop BREXIT making its way through Parliament and to an MP vote.
Since the news broke many citizens who voted to leave the EU feel hard done by. That their vote will now be overturned by the very MP’s that are supposed to decide on issues like this.
As someone who was a supporter of BREXIT for a long time, before changing my opinion on the presentation of facts I feel that this democratic process is the way to go. Giving our MP’s a clear indication of what the majority of people who voted wanted is not a bad thing.
Theresa May’s position as PM, as relatively new as it is, would be called into question if her cabinet and MP’s decided to vote against the very thing she has been striving for. She would not be able to command the respect she needs to stave off the pressure of calls for a snap election if she lost.
David Cameron put his position as PM and his political career on the line with a referendum. He ended up on the wrong side of a vote that everyone thought could only go one way. May could end up in the same position, less than a year into her first unelected term, if MP’s decide to go against the grain and vote against triggering Article 50.
This would of course either lead to a snap election or four long years of opposition taunting at PMQ’s and hot media pressure. This is not mentioning her political standing with other leaders and Britain’s political standing on the world stage.
With Putin and Trump set to cuddle up to each other, and many right-wing political parties vying for power in key EU countries in 2017, it could be a situation that she does not recover from.
Jeremy Corbyn has given his party very clear voting instructions that they should not vote against triggering Article 50 and should not stand in the way of what ‘the people’ want. Liberal Democrats and Nicole Sturgeon’s SNP however, have said they will fervently oppose any vote in order to remain in the EU.
What are the real odds on MP’s taking a course of action that many have said would be political suicide though?
Well according to BBC’s Parliamentary Correspondent Mark D’Arcy, it is very unlikely that any MP’s from both Labour and the Conservatives will oppose the legislation; apart from outspoken ‘remainer’ Ken Clarke.
When I received the notification yesterday about this vote I was pleased that the democratic process is being carried out to its full extent. I was happy that MP’s would now be given a choice on what they think is best for the country and the future of the UK, something they should have had been given in the beginning.
I know, unfortunate as it is, too much rides on this whole thing. A failure to pass this vote would see a snap election and the Conservatives possibly losing their majority and leader in Downing Street.
The UK would lose face and lose respect on the international stage. Theresa May’s position would be untenable, and any new PM would be lambasted as an undeserving, opportunistic politician taking advantage of a crumbling political system.