UK Prime Minister Theresa May has said she will not ask parliament for approval before beginning the process of leaving the EU.
Government lawyers say that May has the authority to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, and she is to be applauded for her intention to respect the referendum result of the British people. That is democracy in operation.
Former PM David Cameron promised the people of the UK a referendum on an EU exit that would allow them to decide their future. The people voted in June overwhelmingly to leave the EU.
Any attempt by MPs, many of whom have built their careers on the gravy train EU system, to retrospectively change the goal posts and demand a vote to block a Brexit would fatally undermine the legitimacy of parliament. It would impossible to imagine a situation in Switzerland where the people vote in a referendum only for the parliament to then demand a vote to overturn that result.
But it seems May does not have to contend just with establishment MPs and Cabinent ministers loathe to lose their privileged positions at the heart of the corrupt EU empire but also with disruptive civil servants in the Treasury and Foreign Office, the home turf of Bullingdon Club members George Osborne and Boris Johnson (who has been pushing for second referendum).
Tory MP Steve Baker has rightly proposed sacking any civil servant who obstructs Brexit. The reality is that civil servants have enormous power. Whether Brexit is a success or not will largely depend on them. If they don’t want to deliver government policy, they should go.