Parliamentary sovereignty is a principle of the UK constitution. It makes parliament the supreme legal authority in the UK, as it creates and can end any law. The British Parliament represents the power of the people; this is our precious democracy.
However, increasingly the European Union is running rough shod over our Parliament, our minister’s and MPs. It is anti-democratic, and now has equal force with our parliament. The European parliament considers it has supremacy over national states, and confers rights and obligations onto the authorities in each EU country, as well as individuals and businesses.
Our parliament is now just a ‘hand maiden’ of Brussels, to implement EU legislation which has been thought up and directed by unelected commissioners, and rubber stamped by MEPs from 28 EU countries, who are directed to approve the procedure known as ‘Ordinary legislative Procedure’.
When Mr Cameron states that we must remain as a ‘powerful voice in the EU’, he is speaking nonsense. He was sent home empty handed when he went cap in hand, asking for support and reforms before the Referendum campaign even started. If, God forbid, the vote results in us remaining in the EU, the voice of Great Britain will signify nothing greater than being just one of 28 countries vying for a crumb from Mrs Merkel’s table. Not exactly a powerful voice.
I have said before, and unashamedly I say again, that anyone who chooses either not to vote or votes to remain, will within months, if not weeks, bitterly regret their decision.
As the back log of legislation, which has been held back so as not to ‘frighten’ the British electorate, is released, we shall see the plans for a European army, imposed immigration quotas, increased powers to legislate over manufactured goods, buildings regulations, climate change, VAT, procurement of contracts for British businesses, and as has been suggested, the introduction of a European tax code on every individual within the Union.
Last week David Cameron came to Sussex and attended a closed meeting at Clair Hall to promote Remain, to which only a few carefully selected likeminded campaigners were invited. Any members of the public, who tried to gain access were turned away.
Whatever happens regarding the referendum, I would strongly advise Mr Cameron’s minders to allow him a sabbatical. The Prime Minister is in dire need of some work experience, to enlighten him about life outside the Westminster bubble, and an opportunity to speak to and work with, ordinary people.
I would suggest that he spends at least a week on each of the following: Joining the crew of a Newhaven fishing boat. Working in A & E and the maternity wards at overstretched hospitals, and accompanying ambulance crews on Saturday nights in the inner cities of London, Birmingham and Glasgow.
Spending time on a mixed farm coping with TB in the dairy herd, diseases and bugs in the arable crops, which cannot be totally eradicated due to EU legislation on chemicals. Coping with fly strike on sheep, completing SFB forms, cattle movement certificates, and planning applications trying to invest in infrastructure, or diversifying by altering the use of buildings to increase income to subsidise traditional farming. The bureaucracy and EU legislation is potty and overwhelming.
He should accompany freight transporters passing through Calais, which runs the gauntlet of those illegally trying to enter the UK. Join care workers visiting the elderly, sick and lonely, to inform them that they can spend only ten minutes with them to feed, wash, and give medication and comfort. He would be staggered by their resilience.
As a farmer I will Vote Leave, partly because the EU is doing to British agriculture what it is has already done to our fishing industry. The spectacle of the remain campaigners, including the millionaire Bob Geldoff, shouting abuse and flicking V-signs at hard working fishing boat skippers ruined by the EU, was utterly disgraceful. Shame on them.