It seems Theresa May could sidestep democracy by using the Royal Prerogative to active Article 50 – the protocol that initiates a country’s departure from the European Union.
This would make it impossible for the House of Lords to block any Parliamentary Bill, rendering Baroness Wheatcroft’s threat meaningless.
But there would be widespread outcry from many areas of the community – and from expats (UK citizens living abroad), as we have seen in a recent article.
The whole process has become far more complicated than anybody expected.
That’s probably why the person who inflicted it on us all – David Cameron – has scarpered to the back benches.
It was his idea; he should be made to pay the bill when it finally comes in.
Baroness Patience Wheatcroft [has warned] that the House of Lords would use its powers to delay a Brexit taking place if the matter was put before parliament.
The Tory peer that the unelected house would delay the activation of Article 50 if given the opportunity.
“If it comes to a bill,” Baroness Wheatcroft said, “I think the Lords might actually delay things. I think there’s a majority in the Lords for remaining.”
Article 50 is the piece of EU legislation British government must trigger in order to begin the 2-year process of formally withdrawing from the 28-nation bloc. “It is imperative that we don’t press the button on Article 50,” she added.
Baroness Wheatcroft’s warning will provide yet another headache for Theresa May who is beginning to realise just how difficult delivering a Brexit is going to be.
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