THE Supreme Court case is bringing to the fore the question of parliamentary sovereignty.

How can a parliament be considered sovereign that seeks to overturn the will of the people who won the referendum?

Let us remember that Parliament has surrendered sovereignty to Brussels over the last 45 years without the express wish of the people. It was not theirs to give away.

We were assured before the common market referendum there would be no surrender of sovereignty to the EEC; the Government knew that to tell people the truth would have returned a no vote in the referendum.

As it is the people who elect Parliament, then sovereignty must reside with the people. Parliamentary sovereignty can only be conferred on Parliament by the people in the first general election after we have left the EU and reclaimed the sovereignty that was so freely given away.

The people made a sovereign decision three years ago to leave, which has been blocked by those in Parliament who do not respect democracy.

They say it’s undemocratic for them not to have their say in Parliament, but it’s ok to prevent the people who pay their wages to have a say.

Let us not forget the promise David Cameron made to the people at Chatham House before the referendum: “Your decision. Nobody else’s. Not politicians’, not Parliament’s. Not lobby groups’. Not mine. Just you. You, the British people, will decide. At that moment, you will hold this country’s destiny in your hands. This is a huge decision for our country, perhaps the biggest we will make in our lifetimes. And it will be the final decision. So to those who suggest that a decision in the referendum to leave would merely produce another stronger renegotiation and then a second referendum in which Britain would stay, I say think again. When the British people speak, their voice will be respected, not ignored. If we vote to leave, then we will leave. There will not be another renegotiation and another referendum.”

I say to Parliament: ignore this at your peril.

R Quirk