Responding to critics of Jeremy Corbyn, Molly Scott Cato, a Green MEP, writing from the European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium, gets to the heart of the matter:
In a political system based on government and opposition, how can Labour fulfil its constitutional duty to strenuously oppose the government’s Brexit plans when voters in the constituencies its MPs represent have “instructed” them not to?
With no written constitution, there was nothing to prevent David Cameron from unleashing the destructive EU referendum with no proper safeguards.
If we had a proportional electoral system, the sound opposition being provided by Green MP Caroline Lucas and Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron would be greatly reinforced.
And if we had a democratic and effective second chamber, something my colleague Baroness Jenny Jones has been working for through her House of Lords Reform bill, we might expect its members to restrain the worst excesses of post-referendum foolishness.
Currently they dare not for fear of incurring their own abolition.
Rather than the Great Repeal bill we need a new Great Reform bill with three simple provisions:
- a written constitution,
- a proportional voting system
- and a fully democratic second chamber.
Source: Financial Times