People’s Vote: ‘More democracy is not anti-democratic’

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Jonathan Bartley has defended his push for a second Brexit vote and accused Boris Johnson of trying to “do away with parliamentary sovereignty”.

The Green Party co-leader told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer the Prime Minister “has no mandate” for suspending Parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit.

“Let’s be clear, we’re the democrats in this. What’s happening here, Boris Johnson is proposing to do away with parliamentary sovereignty, effectively suspending Parliament to push through what he wants without a mandate to do it. Now that is not democratic at all,” he said.

“We want to have a people’s vote. We want it to go back to the people. More democracy is not anti-democratic. Suspending Parliament certainly is.”

Mr Bartley is among the MPs who have supported the Church House Declaration that pledged to do “whatever is necessary” to prevent a no-deal Brexit.

The text of the declaration reads: “I will certainly do everything I can within my means to hold the Prime Minister to account and to ensure he doesn't pursue that reckless and very dangerous path.”

Mr Bartley said he is “trying to do what’s best for the country” and would respect the result of a second referendum should the leave campaign again emerge victorious.

“We would totally respect that decision at the end of it. The point was when we had that referendum there was no deal on the table,” he said.”

“We know that we were lied to, we know that we were given misinformation and we know that people have felt conned and have changed their mind.”

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