When the Supreme Court published its ruling on the Article 50 case, it was one of the most significant developments in the UK’s recent constitutional history. The sovereignty of parliament was upheld, and Britain’s established model of representative democracy was reaffirmed, placing a clear constitutional limit on the executive power of the Prime Minister and the government. The case, which was brought originally by Gina Miller to the High Court who had argued that the Primer Minister could not use executive powers to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty in order to begin the process of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, also upheld another established point of Britain’s constitutional framework. The judges of the Supreme Court found, unanimously, that the devolved parliaments and assemblies in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland do not have to be consulted and therefore do not have the power to veto decisions taken by the UK parliament at Westminster, even when those decisions ordinarily would require consultation of devolved legislatures by Westminster. Continue reading “Devolution: a flawed process exposed by the Supreme Court”
True democracy demands that decisions are made by representative groups of people with a clear understanding of the effects their decisions will have on ordinary people within the community.
This is currently not happening. MPs in Westminster do not represent the average people affected by a lot of the decisions they make, and they have little experience with the effects of the decisions they make on normal people.
It’s time to update our democracy.
We are fighting to bring real power back to where they naturally belong — your local community!
Our core beliefs:
- Decisions should be made locally to the people they affect
- Decisions are better made by people that understand and are affected by them themselves
- Local councils, cities and regions should have more power to make decisions on regional matters
- Westminster should be restricted to making decisions that affect all regions within the UK and should avoid making decisions where the majority of voting MPs are not affected by them.
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