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The Great Democracy Robbery

The Great Repeal Bill has been described as a “naked power-grab” and is predicted to spark an unprecedented constitutional clash with the Scottish and Welsh governments. There are at least a few reasons as to why it is so controversial.

First and foremost of these is that it violates the fundamental cornerstone of British democracy that asserts that “Parliament is sovereign”. It is because of this principle that referenda are, thankfully, remarkably rare in the UK (in fact, there have only been three called nationwide since the foundation of the Union in 1707). Parliamentary sovereignty in the UK is the unwritten recognition that the will of Parliament is supreme, and that the will of the Monarch or indeed, the will of the people, must not trump the ability of our democratically elected representatives (and the Lords) to create, amend or repeal any laws as agreed in accordance with parliamentary process.

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