In the House of Commons, on 22nd Febuary, 2016, David Cameron made the following pledge to the British people.“It is time for the British people to have their say,” he said. “It is time to settle this European question in British politics. I say to the British people: this will be your decision.” Later in the same speech, David Cameron said: “In the event of a vote to leave, Article 50 of existing EU treaties – the as-yet unused mechanism by which a country could leave the EU – would be triggered straight away and the process of separation would be difficult to reverse.”
David Cameron’s statement that the people will make the final decision couldn’t be clearer.
Boris had made clear to David Cameron that his renegotiation had failed to achieve the return of British sovereignty and therefore he could not accept there was any alternative but to leave the EU.
How then can Gina Miller’s lawyers claim it’s ‘legally impossible’ that the EU referendum gave the decision to the people? When the documents enshrining the basis of the EU Referendum were drawn up, it was stated that the Referendum was, unlike the Referendum on AV, only advisory. But Cameron had pledged in Parliament our word was final.
It follows that the promise of the Prime Minister that the Referendum will be decided by the people means nothing. Also, the vote of MPs on the Referendum Bill that we can vote on the issue and make the final decision also means absolutely nothing. Is that right?