Hat’s off to our allies across the pond.
The House of Lords has been warned it could be abolished if it tries to block Brexit later this month after a key bill cleared the House of Commons Wednesday evening.
The government saw off attempts by Remain-supporting MPs to frustrate Britain’s exit from the European Union, with the Commons finally passing the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill unamended, by 494 votes to 122.
Now the House of Lords will have to debate and approve the bill before Theresa May can formally give notice to the EU of Britain’s intention to withdraw under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.
However, the government does not hold a majority in the upper chamber, with many peers passionately pro-EU.
Various outlets report a government source warning Wednesday night that the House of Lords will face calls for its abolition if it tries to scupper Brexit.
The BBC quotes the source as saying: “If the Lords don’t want to face an overwhelming public call to be abolished they must get on and protect democracy and pass this bill.”
Brexit Secretary David Davis has also called on the upper chamber to “do its job” and “do its patriotic duty and actually give us the right to go on and negotiate that new relationship”.
It seems as though the British are taking a page out of Thomas Jefferson’s playbook in the colonial Declaration of Independence.
When a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
I sincerely hope that the British people have their will followed by the House of Lords. For the House of Lords sake. I recall the last revolution that toppled a monarch in Britain wasn’t very pretty. Or at least it didn’t have a pretty ending for Charles I.