A number of sources have claimed that EU rule changes could make Brexit far more difficult if the House of Lords doesn’t give Theresa May the power to activate Article 50 by 31st March.
Amongst the new rules that were signed off by the unelected Prime Minister Gordon Brown in 2007, the most worrying is the introduction of a clause stating that 14 member states will need to approve the exit of another member – this is referred to as a ‘qualified majority.’
This means that any sort of delaying tactics by the House of Lords in terms of amendments could lead to this deadline being missed, and that would open up the possibility of other EU nations making Brexit incredibly difficult.
It has already emerged that Lords could be about to rush through an amendment to ensure that existing EU citizens in the UK have their rights protected after Brexit.
Any such amendment will add time to the process of making the Article 50 Bill pass into law.
This rule change will also potentially allow other EU member nations to have a huge amount of power over Brexit, and they may not need much persuasion to block our exit if they feel that Britain’s withdrawal will negatively affect them in some way.
What is there to stop Eastern European members saying a resounding ‘NO’ if they are concerned about their own citizens not being able to work and live in Britain?
What is there to stop countries like The Netherlands, France, Italy and Greece saying ‘NO’ if they are concerned about Brexit driving anti-EU protest votes in their own nations?
Absolutely nothing! All it will take is for fourteen of them to come together and work tactically to block Brexit.
The unelected peers of the House of Lords needs to bear this in mind when they try and ‘amend this’ and ‘scrutinise that.’
They could be partially responsible for one of the greatest crimes against democracy in history if this deadline passes, and surely it will be the beginning of the end for the upper house.
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