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Parliament - redundant?


This outstanding role in the midst of the storm is owed not only to your profound national qualities but also to the value of your institutions. . . With self-assurance, almost without being aware of it, you operate in freedom a secure, stable political system. General De Gaulle

New Clause 9, an amendment to the EU's Lisbon Treaty, was designed to affirm and protect the supremacy of Parliament and our institutions. Denis Cooper writes that the government's opposition to it was based on the premise that of course Parliament is supreme and the clause is redundant.

In the best of all possible worlds, we, too, would like to think that the government was right and that the massive transfer of powers from Parliament to the European Union via the Lisbon Treaty did not make Parliament redundant.

How many of you have found the government to be right on many issues recently? Still, Cooper's critique is worth quoting -

It does us no good to spread the belief that Parliament is no longer supreme, that our sovereignty has been eroded, that now we're surrendering the last vestiges of our sovereignty, etc. If we keep on repeating things like that, we can only make it more likely that eventually they will come true. We have Europe Minister Jim Murphy on record quoting Dicey and saying that Parliament "is and remains sovereign", and we should be repeating that, not contradicting it.

The problem is not with the powers of Parliament, but with the kind of people we elect to it. . .