Supreme Court Ruling -24/01/2017
Press Release from Young European Movement UK
Tuesday 24th January 2017
This morning, the Supreme Court has ruled that the government cannot activate Article 50 (thus opening the two year window for negotiations over Brexit) without first consulting Parliament. Upholding the sovereignty of Parliament is a decision which the Young European Movement UK is very pleased to hear, though we wish to express our disappointment that more say is not given to the devolved parliaments over this matter, as our Scottish and Northern Irish members, friends, and colleagues are suffering from a classic case of ‘tyranny of the majority’.
However, as much as we welcome this decision, it alone is not enough. Anyone who is anyone suggests most parliamentarians will back activation of article 50 despite in their hearts and minds knowing this is the wrong thing to do. We as the Young European Movement UK encourage our parliamentarians to prove themselves as brave and bold as countless others who have come before them and do the full work of an elected representative. Now more than ever is the time to do what is right, not what is easy. We call upon all members of the Parliament to vote against activating Article 50. Propose amendments to weaken the extremely hard-line stance of this government, which few of the 48% or the 52% asked for. Use your platform and your power to hold back this country from making the biggest mistake it has ever made.
To you reading this, if you care about Britain’s future relations with the European Union, engage! Join us in the European Movement, whether young, or young at heart. Write to your MPs. Discuss with your friends, family, and colleagues. This decision of the Supreme Court is ultimately a footnote in the longer story of Brexit we are yet to see unfold. It will be shameful for anyone who years from now must look back upon these times and tell their nearest and dearest that they rested on their laurels and did nothing.
Young European Movement UK