Peer reminds House of Lords that “Brexit means leave” and the Government should “get on with it”

Speaking in a debate on the Government’s statement about the G20 summit (07.09.16), the independent Labour Peer, Lord Stoddart of Swindon has reminded the House of Lords that “Brexit means leave” and that the referendum vote was an instruction to the Government “to get on with it.”

Lord Stoddart made his remarks after listening to a number of Peers making speeches spreading doom and gloom about Brexit and the state of play regarding the preparations for withdrawal.  He added that the electorate “were asked whether they wished to remain or whether they wished to leave. They decided that they wanted to leave. That was an instruction to the Government to get on with it. The great disgrace is that the Government and the Civil Service had not prepared for either alternative. That, of course, is the problem we are facing now.”

The full text of Lord Stoddart’s remarks is as follows:

Hansard – debate on the G20 Summit statement 7.09.16

Lord Stoddart of Swindon Independent Labour

My Lords, I have listened to the debate with great interest. A lot of noble Lords do not appear to know what Brexit means. Brexit means leave. That is precisely the question that the electorate answered. They were asked whether they wished to remain or whether they wished to leave. They decided that they wanted to leave. That was an instruction to the Government to get on with it. The great disgrace is that the Government and the Civil Service had not prepared for either alternative. That, of course, is the problem we are facing now.

But it is not all doom and gloom. There is a great future ahead, as there has been a great, historic past. We should take hold of that. We should not be supplicants; we are a great country and we should use our power for the good of this country and the rest of the world.

I found the second paragraph of page 3 very interesting. Does it mean that the Government are moving towards syndicalism?

 

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2 comments

  1. Lindsay JenkinsReply

    Lord Stoddart is right except in one regard. The then Prime Minister, David Cameron, ordered the civil service NOT to prepare for a Leave vote. That is outrageous.

  2. Arlene JohnsonReply

    Ever since PM Edward Heath deceived the people of the UK when he stated that entering the EC would not violate English sovereignty, every treaty has been null and void. It is just that the people don’t realise it because Edward Heath never disclosed what Lord Kilmuir’s letter said to him when he was the ECC coordinator in the MacMillan government, at which point his face turned white according to Lord Thorneycroft. See

    “We have a witness in Lord Thorneycroft who was present in Ted’s private office when Lord Kilmuire’s letter was delivered.  Ted read it and went as white as a sheet.  He folded the letter, put it in his pocket and said, ‘No one must see this least of all the Cabinet.’ ”

    Therefore, the UK should be able to just walk away from the EU. No submission of Article 50 is needed as the Lisbon Treaty is null and void.

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