constitutional change

Who got Britain into the European Union in the first place?

Britain joins the European Economic Community, a precursor to the European Union.On Jan. 22, U.K. Prime Minister Edward Heath signs the documents joining ...

Britain joins the European Economic Community, a precursor to the European Union.On Jan. 22, U.K. Prime Minister Edward Heath signs the documents.

Three British?High Court judges are currently preventing Brexit. They have said that the elected government and will of the people via a referendum is not enough to make the decision to leave. They have stated that Brexit cannot be triggered without a Parliamentary vote. Given these restrictions we have to ask who or what exactly got Britain into the EU in the first place? Was it via a parliamentary vote or did a government or referendum result in Britain joining the European Union?

Many constitutional experts believe that Britain isn’t actually a member of the European Union since our apparent entry was in violation of British law and was, therefore invalid.

In enacting the European Communities Bill through an ordinary vote in the House of Commons, Ted Heath’s Government breached the constitutional convention which requires a prior consultation of the people (either by a general election or a referendum) on any measure involving constitutional change. The general election or referendum must take place before any related parliamentary debate.

…Just weeks before the 1970 general election which made him Prime Minister, Edward Heath declared that it would be wrong if any Government contemplating membership of the European Community were to take this step without `the full hearted consent of Parliament and people’.

However, when it came to it Heath didn’t have a referendum because opinion polls at the time (1972) showed that the British people were hugely opposed (by a margin of two to one) against joining the Common Market. Instead, Heath merely signed the documents that took us into what became the European Union on the basis that Parliament alone had passed the European Communities Bill of 1972.

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