An interview with PressTV
UK parliament should support people’s will: Analyst
The UK parliament should support the people’s will to take the country out of the European Union, an analyst in London says, raising the alarm over a growing division between the lawmakers over Brexit.
Clive Hambidge, director of Human Development and Facilitate Global, made the remarks while discussing UK Brexit Minister David Davis’ criticism of the MPs who sought more power to reject Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plan.
“Please don’t tie the prime minister’s hands in the process of doing that for things which we expect to attain anyway,” Davis told BBC on Sunday, warning that such measures prompt concerns that Parliament intends to reverse last June’ referendum to leave the bloc.
“What we can’t have is either House of parliament reversing the decision of the British people,” he added.
On Wednesday, The House of Lords voted 358 to 256 for a change to May’s Brexit plan, stating she can only trigger Article 50 of the EU Treaty and begin divorce talks by promising to protect the rights of over 3 million EU citizens that reside in the country.
Government sources told British media that May (pictured below) would fight the new mandate once it reaches the lower house of Parliament, where the ruling Conservatives are in majority.
“Of course, Parliament should uphold the will of the people,” Hambidge told Press TV.
The analyst argued that there were many difficulties to the split but this should not impede the whole process.
He also argued that the UK had a responsibility in regards to the European European, of which it has been a member for many years.
Hambidge said the divide over the ramifications of Brexit is very much like the political divide that we see in the US, following the election of US President Donald Trump.
“There are two sides, people who are conservatives, maintaining the conservative process and others, who are looking then towards a more progressive democracy which would involve a legislation which would be more concerned with the needs of the people,” he explained.
The divide and the complexity of the laws concerning the process has made Brexit a very sensitive matter, Hambidge argued.
“It is very difficult then to see how we can leave the EU and still not be in breach of our obligations to the European communities,” he concluded.
First published on PressTV, 12 March 2017: http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/03/12/514097/UK-Brexit-EU-Davis-May-Hambidge