Once again, the leaders of the UK refused to even give the people any rights to control their own nation. On the motion of MP Peter Bone to trigger an automatic in or out referendum on EU membership if any further sovereignty is transferred to Brussels, there were only 26 or 28 votes out of just over 300 cast. (I assume Labour refused to vote and the reported vote was 295 to 26 but the article had 20 Tory MPs voting with Bone, 4 Labour and 4 DUP [A Northern Ireland Unionist party]. That comes to 28 so I am not sure what the final tally was. Sovereignty was crushed either way.)
One MP, Mark Reckless, said this that I think sums it up well:
“My hon. Friend the Member for Wellingborough (Mr Bone) has performed a significant service for us today, because I believe this is the first time since the 1970s that we have had a discussion here about whether the British people should be allowed to decide how they are governed. I believe that we should be an independent country, trading with Europe but governing ourselves. More than that, however, I believe that it is up to the British people to decide how they are governed. Do they prefer to be governed, and have their laws made, by this House, so that they can throw out the people involved if they do not like how those laws are made, or by a qualified majority including 26 other countries? Do they prefer to have those countries decide their laws for them, and to pay £10 billion a year for the privilege? That question is subject to conditions in the new clause, but for the first time since the 1970s, that issue of principle is before us for debate.”
MP Bone is some patriot; he knows this rebellion over and over again will prevent him from being any sort of front-bencher or minister in the government. But there are more important things. Bone knows that “England expects every man to do his duty,” as Lord Nelson put it in 1805. Would that others acted on the duty they have assumed. But some did do their duty, including Reckless and Young Turks Steve Baker and David Nuttall.
On a similar front, the Daily Express’s petition drive garnered 373,000 signatures demanding the Parliament vote the UK out of the EU. I say RAH for them!
But the people have one way to get their will done: At the next General Election, vote for the one legitimate anti-EU, pro-liberty and sovereignty party: UKIP.