The Importance of Crowdfunding

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Cancel Brexit tshirt by Katharine Hamnett Photo copyright 2017 Théroigne S B G Russell

There are now several crucial crowdfunds.

The Tory/DUP Deal Challenge in NI from Ciaran McClean, mental health worker and Green Party activist,goes to court on 26 October 2017. This will decide whether the Tory/DUP deal breaks the Good Friday Agreement and the 2010 Bribery Act.

If it’s found to break the GFA, that’s a big issue for the Republic of Ireland, because the casually named Good Friday Agreement, is in fact, an international peace treaty, lodged with the UN. If it breaks the Bribery Act, the Confidence and Supply agreement with DUP is dead in the water. The Tories would be a minority government, which would make their position in the Commons weaker and make it harder to get the Brexit bill through Parliament.

For more on this and the crowdfunding link for donations  Crowdfund: Challenge to Tory/DUP deal

Vote Leave overspending The Good Law Project wants The Electoral Commission to re-open an investigation into Vote Leave spending and the crowdfund is for a judicial review at the High Court. If the crowdfund and case are successful the Electoral Commission would then be under pressure to investigate thoroughly, which could conclude with prosecutions. But a thorough investigation would show what Vote Leave got up to.

Crowdfund: Did Vote Leave Break Spending Limits ?

Publish Government Brexit reports The Good Law Project wants to force the Government to quit hiding behind “not in the public interest” and refusing FOI requests for information on 57 Brexit studies. More info on this page along with the link to the crowdfund and a petition to Parliament. If the studies are published it makes us all better informed. This could mean a sea change in attitudes.

Crowdfund: Expose the Government’s Secret Brexit Studies

Article 50 Challenge led by Welsh mother and Liberal Democrat activist, Elizabeth (Liz) Webster. The basis of the challenge, is that the UK Government failed to meet the  constitutional requirements, to enable the triggering of Article 50, to leave the European Union.

The European Union Referendum Act authorised the holding of a referendum and determined who could vote, the question to be asked and the organisational structure of the referendum. It was specifically voted through as a consultative advisory non-binding referendum. Think of it as a huge public opinion poll.

After the referendum and change of Prime Minister, May aka Mayhem or Maybot or even Maybe, was determined to push ahead with Brexit, by using Henry VIII powers to merely send President Tusk a letter, triggering Article 50, despite the fact that there was a procedure for dealing with referenda.

Gina Miller, Deir Dos Santos, The People’s Challenge and others, took the Government all the way to the Supreme Court, where the Government lost. One of the reasons was simply because only Parliament can take away rights which Parliament has given and removing the UK from the European Union removes EU citizenship from British citizens.

When the government lost, the Supreme Court helpfully told the Government what should be done to comply with British constitutional law and trigger Article 50 in accordance with the constitution.

Instead, the Government drew up the European Union (Notification) Bill which was one sheet of A4 to avoid amendments. MPs were told that they wouldn’t get the White Paper on the bill until after they had voted. May and other Privy Councillors sat in the Lords and the bill was bullied through Parliament.

The problem is, that MPs were told by May that the consultative advisory non-binding referendum was the decision to leave, and that all they had to do, was authorise the notification. The irony is, that the White Paper told Parliament that it hadn’t lost sovereignty, yet here was the Conservative Government bullying Parliament.

The referendum wasn’t binding as a decision to leave. The notification bill was, like the referendum bill, merely Parliament’s authorisation for action.

There has been no debate, no vote and therefore no decision to leave, by Parliament. That’s the heart of the case. Since the Supreme Court told the Government in its judgment what the constitutional route was, to trigger Article 50, it’s possible that the court could find that Article 50 was triggered unlawfully.

CrowdJustice: Article 50 Challenge

So four crowdfunds

  1. Attack the Tory/DUP deal and if successful, that weakens the Government further. There could be a vote of No Confidence and another election or the Queen could ask Corbyn to form another government or May could either call another election or attempt to carry on.
  2. Get the High Court to make the Electoral Commission re-open the investigation into Vote Leave overspending. High Court puts some evidence into public eye and a report plus fines would discredit the Vote Leave politicians and campaigners.
  3. Force the Government to publish 57 reports into post-Brexit scenarios which are being withheld by the Government. How bad could it be ?
  4. Take Government to court about triggering Article 50 without letting Parliament make the decision it is entitled to make.