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Theresa May (left) with Arlene Foster, the leader of the DUP. These two think they have stitched up democracy; let’s see what the courts think of that [Image: Carl Court/Getty Images].

Let’s have a judicial review on the minority Tory government’s decisions to give itself the power to alter primary legislation without votes in Parliament, and to stuff public bill committees with Conservatives in order to control the debates.

Remember when the Jobseekers (Back to Work Schemes) Act 2013, which retrospectively legalised the Tory/Liberal Democrat Coalition’s actions in forcing benefit claimants to do unpaid work, was ruled illegal after a judicial review?

That legislation had been passed after the rules forcing claimants to stack shelves for companies like Poundland had been ruled inadmissible by a previous judicial review.

There are other examples of judicial reviews showing up Tory legislation as failing to meet the required standard.

So why not examine the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill in the same way, if it is passed into law? How about examining the vote on committee membership now?

It seems to This Writer that any decision by Parliament to disregard the democratic will of the people by granting one political party over-representation on public bill committees must be wrong in law.

And a decision to allow ministers to change primary legislation – laws that had to be voted onto the statute book by MPs – using statutory instruments must also be in breach.

Let a judge decide.


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