So much for democracy.
Remember all that “Take back control” tripe Brexiteers like Dominic Cummings were force-feeding us, during the EU referendum campaign?
It seems they weren’t advocating a return to democratic rule by Parliament. Instead the UK is to be ruled with decrees by people like – guess who? – Dominic Cummings.
The facts are in a forensic analysis of every bit of legislation passed and going through Parliament to change the law after Brexit becomes a reality on January 1 next year, by the House of Lords Constitution committee.
New Acts of Parliament covering covering agriculture, money laundering, immigration, trade, taxation, reciprocal health agreements and even the granting of road haulage licences will give power over these matters directly to Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and advisers like Cummings.
The Bills create statutory instruments – otherwise known as “Henry VIII powers” – allowing ministers to change the law by decree, meaning they make the changes without bothering with a Parliamentary vote. In some cases, they won’t even have to inform other MPs.
The Agriculture Bill alone creates 40 of these “Henry VIII powers” – including power to define new criminal offences with unlimited fines.
One new power on export and import duties will allow ministers to change the law by public notice – meaning they will simply pin up a sign somewhere, saying that the law has been changed.
And there won’t be a thing your elected MP can do about it.
In his article about this, David Hencke makes an excellent deduction:
If Waitrose followed what it said it will do and clearly label chlorinated chicken a government minister could just change the law by decree, making it illegal to do so. And if Waitrose disobeyed they could face unlimited fines.
Think about that.
To facilitate a trade deal with the United States, your Tory government – voted in because people were desperate for Brexit – could force supermarkets to sell you, and force you to eat, diseased meat.
Remember when we were told Brexit would end EU bureaucracy that saddled the UK with thousands of unwanted rules and regulations?
Now read this [boldings mine]:
The Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill [gives ministers] well over 150 separate powers to make tax law for individuals and businesses. These laws made by Ministers will run to thousands of pages. The Treasury’s delegated powers memorandum, which sets out in detail all these law-making powers, alone runs to 174 pages.”
Even legislation delegated to the devolved governments of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland is not safe from Tory interference as ministers are also taking powers to override those laws, as well as to interfere in what EU-adopted case law can be used to decide new cases in tribunals and lower courts.
All of these dictatorial powers will be handed over to Johnson, Gove and Cummings by Parliament because the UK electorate handed Johnson’s Conservatives a massive 80-seat majority in the House of Commons.
And the reason voters gave them that massive majority was Brexit.
Little did these Little Englanders know that they were taking power away from an elected organisation and handing it to a tiny cabal of Tory dictators instead.
“Taking back control”?
They’ve thrown it all away.