Brexit means Constitutional Change
Brexit must mean Constitutional change. Brexit is a revolution. Only a gentle revolution: there is no horse hanging from Tower Bridge nor a pram bouncing down the stone steps outside the Welsh Assembly. But, since Lisbon is the Constitution to which we have become addicted, a restoration of normality will mean constitutional change.
It is not constitutional lawyers that are demanding this but the real people who voted for Brexit.
Parliament is at the heart of British democracy. Brexit is about the restoration of Parliament.
Immediately we face the problem: Brexit was not achieved by Parliament. That is, the means of restoring Parliament was not made by Parliament. Parliament is still decadent in that a majority of MPs do not want Brexit and do not want the restoration of parliamentary supremacy.
Decadent may seem an odd word to use but it suits. Membership of the European Union allowed Parliamentarians to pass the responsibility of governing to supra-national institutions. A more important feature of these institutions is that they are structured in such a way as to abolish individual political and democratic responsibility of the politiician.
Brexit has been declared by referendum and not by our democratic institutions. It only happened because parliament voted to evade the responsibility of the issue. Cameron thought they would win and the EU's problem would go away.
By handing the EU membership problem to the people, Parliament surrendered its integrity. It is lost and will stay lost until the Brexit is complete and political Britain is restored.
In Britain we do not like ideologies. We do not like ideological written constitutions. We do not like defined revolution so much and yet its glorious necessity has defined our evolution. Still, we will need define the Crown in/and Parliament.
The first rule we demand is that Parliament cannot absolve itself of responsibility when something a bit difficult comes along. It must never give our sovereignty away again, not to foreign structures nor to rival mechanisms of government.
Is this un-Parliamentarian? If the majority now in Parliament do not want it, would not vote for it? The problem is that most MPs do not believe in the sovereignty nor the integrity of parliament. They must be cleared out even if, like the referendum, it is done by non-parliamentary means. Betrayal of the integrity of Parliament must be a crime whose punishment is exclusion from Parliament. There is a difference between the sovereignty of our, of the Queen's, Parliament and the indulgence of the ignorant desires of the individuals who find themselves therein.
Is this too un-British? Go and find your Prayer Book. (not Common Worship but Common Prayer). Do the Articles at the back not declare that the Queen's Majesty... is not, nor ought to be, subject to any foreign jurisdiction?
We need at least this so Parliament cannot slide again into such decay.
But we would not have Brexit but for the referendum? Should we not embrace direct democracy? I have heard parties of fools say as much. We must restore our traditions, our Parliament and remember what is the Crown. Otherwise is how revolutions become the thing we rightly fear.
We have placed ourselves into the hands of Theresa May. Our distress is appropriate because, as she showed in her General Election campaign (as every moment before and since) not to have a democratic instinct nor a Parliamentary one. She showed contempt for her own party which she presumably still believes to be "nasty" by conducting a campaign devised by her own little circle and showed that she believed herself more popular by urging voters to support her, without even much mention of the parliamentary candidate and none of the Conservative Party. Worse than that, she showed contempt for the electorate by refusing to disclose her ideas nor strategy for Brexit. Indeed, in her arrogance and incompetence, she personified all we had just voted against in the referendum.
Her lack of enthusiasm and urgency about making Brexit happen at all underlines this. Churchill fought the entire Second World War in the same time that it is taking May to negotiate the peace treaty. Vienna and Versailles together did not take up as much time as May is allowing A50.
So we do not have a Brexit government. The way May governs is the opposite of what Brexit must be.
By the referendum we did not built the garden of Brexit. We do not yet have Brexit and building Brexit is in the hands of those who did not want Brexit. We are obstructed by the inhabitants of the Parliament we wish to restore. We have not taken power, we do not wield political power, we do not have a dominance of power. We do not occupy Parliament nor other instruments of the State such as the BBC.
With the referendum, we did not build paradise but only shouted an instruction into Hell. And we expect the Devil to obey.
Just how we restore Parliamentary democracy to Britain should be our conversation - but instead we are distracted by A50.