New Clause 9"Notwithstanding any provision of the European Communities Act 1972, nothing in this Act shall affect or be construed by any court in the UK as affecting the supremacy of Parliament"
New Clause 9 is the most comprehensive. It reasserts Parliamentary sovereignty, on the basis that Parliament has granted the EU certain powers within the UK, so Parliament can modify or repatriate those powers at a later date if it wishes.
One would have thought that this was a relatively uncontroversial clause, wouldn't you? It asserts that the Parliament of the UK, elected by the people of these countries, would always maintain sovereignty and that, at the wish of the people who lend the MPs their powers, the Parliament would be able to repatriate any of the powers lent to the EU through the Treaties.
Not a difficult concept and one that is absolutely right. I would have fewer problems with the EU, and certainly the Lisbon Treaty, if Lisbon New Clause 9 were included; after all, one of my problems with the EU is that its Regulations, Directives and other instruments are able to bind future governments. This clause would provide a get out.
Still, all very uncontroversial, right? Because our government would absolutely want to safeguard the people's powers, wouldn't they? Well, perhaps not, but you'd expect the Tories, at the least, all to vote for it, would you not?
Well, apparently not.
A robustly euro-sceptic MP has just shown me the text messages he received from the Chief Whip's office yesterday evening. The first, at 19.17, gave Tory MPs a green-light to go home by telling them there would be "no further official votes". The division on Mr Cash's clause was called seven minutes later, at 19.24.
I've said it before and I'l say it again: the Tory Party leadership is not EUsceptic and never has been; anyone who thinks that they are is a deluded fucking moron.
As Vindico says,
The devious little shits. The vote was 380 against the motion and 48 in support. Just 38 MPs [sic] cared enough to vote to keep Parliament sovereign. Despicable.
Here are the full voting lists, and reproduced below are the names of the 48 MPs who believe that the Parliament should remain the sovereign power in the UK: I salute them.
Ancram, rh Mr. Michael
Bacon, Mr. Richard
Binley, Mr. Brian
Butterfill, Sir John
Campbell, Mr. Gregory
Carswell, Mr. Douglas
Cash, Mr. William
Chope, Mr. Christopher
Davies, Mr. Dai
Davies, David T.C. (Monmouth)
Dodds, Mr. Nigel
Duncan Smith, rh Mr. Iain
Dunne, Mr. Philip
Evans, Mr. Nigel
Gale, Mr. Roger
Gray, Mr. James
Hancock, Mr. Mike
Heathcoat-Amory, rh Mr. David
Hogg, rh Mr. Douglas
Holloway, Mr. Adam
Jenkin, Mr. Bernard
Knight, rh Mr. Greg
Leigh, Mr. Edward
Lilley, rh Mr. Peter
Malins, Mr. Humfrey
McCrea, Dr. William
Redwood, rh Mr. John
Robinson, rh Mr. Peter
Scott, Mr. Lee
Shepherd, Mr. Richard
Stuart, Mr. Graham
Tapsell, Sir Peter
Taylor, Dr. Richard
Turner, Mr. Andrew
Walker, Mr. Charles
Whittingdale, Mr. John
Widdecombe, rh Miss Ann
Wilshire, Mr. David
Winterton, Sir Nicholas
Tellers for the Ayes:
Mr. Peter Bone and
Mr. Philip Hollobone
[UPDATE: the Tellers added and, apparently, Mike Hancock MP voted both for and against the Clause. How the hell does that work?]
The rest of them can all go and fuck themselves. They have deliberately voted themselves out of power: all that is left is for we, the people, to have an occasional reshuffle of our regional government every five years or so.
It is difficult to emphasise the enormity of this vote: our lords and masters have now explicitly voted against maintaining Parliament as the sovereign power in the UK.
They have sold us down the fucking river and they have given away powers that we only lend to them. They are a bunch of traitorous shits and every one of them should dance the Tyburn jig.
Sharpen those cockroaches, mes braves, and excite the candiru fish: they shall not die easily or painlessly. We have nothing left now except open revolution.
UPDATE: EU Referendum sums up my mood: the flash of unconfined rage is gone, now replaced by a slow but steadily burning anger.
The crucial point, however, has been made by Andy Bebbington - we are witnessing the death of democracy in this country by a thousand cuts. The
constitutionalLisbon treaty is not the end of life as we know it, any more than Maastricht was, or even the Treaty of Rome. It is one of a series, part of a continuous process, by which we a seeing the slow, insidious transfer of power to our new central – and entirely undemocratic - government.
But, because it is so slow, and because the façades of our existing institutions are kept in place, it is easy to ignore the process, and for our government, MPs,
theatre criticspolitical correspondents and their fellow travellers to retreat into their comfort zone and pretend it is not happening.
Outside the bubble, however – as these letters indicate – real people have noticed and are concerned. We know not where this will end but this blog has put the political establishment on notice. We are not alone. There are many like-minded people out there, and we intend to drag you out of your comfort zone and force you to face reality.
Drowned out at the moment by the torrent of fatuous, lightweight commentary, we will nevertheless be heard. Enjoy your soap opera for as long as it lasts. We are coming.
And when that time comes, you bastard MPs will barricade yourselves within your house of cards—that intricate gothic structure that is now merely a building and no longer the proud seat of power that it once was—making your last phone call to your loved ones (those that aren't there anyway, posing and being paid as your "secretaries") as the doors crash down and the baying mob rush in to tear you limb from limb.
Your will regret this, you fucks.