Today, the Supreme Court ruled that the decision to trigger Article 50 must be authorised by parliament.
Unlock Democracy’s Director, Alexandra Runswick, commented:
“The Supreme Court’s judgement today and its respect of parliamentary sovereignty should be welcomed. However, our democracy will continue to hang in a delicate balance so long as we have an ill-defined royal prerogative with no clear limits, coupled with a government that believes it can act unilaterally without scrutiny or accountability.
“If the Prime Minister wants to realise her vision of a global Britain that is truly stronger and fairer, we must have a written constitution that is fit for a modern democracy; one that is devised by and for the people. We urgently need clarity on the rights and freedoms of people, the limits of parliament and constraints on ministerial power, and a clear settlement on devolution. The case for a written constitution has never been stronger, and the time for a written constitution is now.”
Notes to Editors:
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- Unlock Democracy is a national campaign for democratic reform.
- For a decade, the organisation has been campaigning to put power into the hands of the people, and before that, as Charter 88, we've been calling for a written constitution and electoral reform since 1988.
- The organisation exists to put power in the hands of the people, and is owned and run by its members
- Read more about our work on the case for a written constitution here: http://www.unlockdemocracy.org/constitutional-convention/