Prime Minister Boris Johnson has insisted the UK will be leaving the EU with or without a deal by the end of October this year. Mr Johnson has demanded the backstop mechanism within the withdrawal agreement is ejected before negotiations between the UK and EU can restart, but so far the bloc has refused to budge, pushing Britain towards no deal. Speaking on LBC, Brexiteer radio host Iain Dale clashed with People’s Vote campaigner Femi Oluwole after the Remainer suggested votes in a general election should influence Brexit.
He said: “You referred to the argument that it doesn’t matter that 54 percent of people voted for parties whose manifestos explicitly ruled out no deal, because Parliament made the decision about Article 50.
“Sorry, who is sovereign here? It is the decision of the people. If 54 percent of the people vote for parties whose manifestos rule out no deal.”
But, the radio host quickly interrupted Mr Oluwole claiming his argument was a “complete misreading of the way the constitution works”.
Mr Dale said: “Parliament effectively delegated sovereignty on the decision as to whether to leave or not to the people, once the people had decided the people sent the sovereignty back to Parliament to decide what to do.”
Iain Dale clashed with Femi Oluwole on LBC
Again you want to reinvent the British constitution
The Remain campaigner said: “Then in any general election by our votes in a general election with give an instruction to Parliament via the manifestos we vote for.
“And 54 percent voted for parties whose manifestos explicitly ruled out a no deal.”
But, Dale fired back: “Again you want to reinvent the British constitution.
“We live in a Parliamentary democracy where the number of votes decides how many seats different parties get and the Conservatives and the DUP formed an arrangement where they had a majority of seats.
“It’s a bit like in America, Hillary Clinton got more votes than Donald Trump, but the way their system works is Donald Trump became President.
“OK, you can argue for the system to be changed, but we have to deal with the situation as it is.”
The Remainer replied by insisting that under that argument, nobody should complain if Parliament decides to stop Brexit, before the host brutally replied: “But, it hasn’t.”
Mr Johnson has insisted a Brexit deal is only possible if the backstop is scrapped, and is expected to head to Dublin for talks early next month.
Last week, Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the invite to Mr Johnson to join him in Dublin for talks on Brexit and other issues had "no preconditions".
But, a spokesman for the Taoiseach said on Sunday: "The Taoiseach has invited the British Prime Minister to Dublin for talks on Northern Ireland and Brexit. Their offices are in contact to agree a date for these talks in the coming weeks.
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"Such a meeting would give both sides an opportunity to gain a better understanding of their respective positions. As has repeatedly been made clear, the withdrawal agreement and the backstop are not up for negotiation. Any discussions on changes to the Political Declaration would occur between the UK and the EU."
Meanwhile, a judge will decide on Tuesday whether a legal challenge attempting to prevent Mr Johnson forcing through a no deal Brexit by suspending Parliament will be heard before October 31.
The legal bid, backed by more than 70 MPs and peers, is seeking to get the Court of Session in Edinburgh to rule that suspending Parliament to make the UK leave the EU without a deal is "unlawful and unconstitutional".
The petition has been filed at the Edinburgh court, which sits through the summer, and was granted permission to be heard by a judge.