UK Government responds to petition calling for ‘vote on whether Brexit should be cancelled’

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A petition calling for the ‘House of Commons vote on whether Brexit should be cancelled’ has been responded to by the government.

The British people voted to leave the EU on the 23rd June, yet some remoaners still struggle to accept this.

The government statement said:

“The British people voted to leave the EU, and the Government will deliver on their instruction. Parliament has been, and will continue to be, fully involved in the process of leaving the EU.

The registration number is a unique means of identifying a vehicle for taxation, law enforcement and road safety purposes. It is important that the police are able to quickly and easily identify a vehicle and people are able to remember registration numbers. To this end, the law requires that number plates are clearly readable.

The rules regarding what can be displayed on a number plate, including any optional national flags, are specified in UK law. These rules help to ensure safety on our roads. They support the police and other enforcement agencies in identifying vehicles to prevent and detect crime particularly through the use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras.

In addition to displaying the registration number, the law provides for the voluntary use of the display of the European Union flag (the circle of stars) or specific national identifiers. The display of the European flag with the inclusion of a GB identifier, called the Europlate, enables motorists to travel within the European Union without the need to display the conventional oval ‘GB’ sticker to identify the member state in which the vehicle is registered. Currently, UK motorists travelling within the EU can display either the traditional oval GB sticker or the Europlate. No decisions have yet been taken on the status of the Europlate after the UK leaves the EU.

The law was changed in 2009 to also allow the voluntary display of UK national flags. This means that motorists are able to choose to display the Union Flag, the Cross of St George, Scottish Saltire or the Red Dragon of Wales on their number plate. However, it is entirely a matter of personal choice whether to display a national flag on a number plate and no one is compelled to do so. There are no plans to make the display of the Union flag on vehicle number plates compulsory.

Department for Transport”

The petition initially read:

“Brexit was initiated on the basis that it was the ‘will of the people’ and the Government needed to act on that. The ‘will’ to Leave was actually expressed by c.37% of the eligible UK electorate. Parliament is sovereign and MPs must freely express their view of what is best for the UK.

If MPs are not allowed to freely express their views of what is best for the UK, future accountability will not be possible. Sovereignty of Parliament was established prior to enactment of the Notification to Withdraw, but MPs have never been asked to vote upon whether Brexit is in the best interests of the UK. This vote should take place to ensure that democracy is served and that Parliament takes responsibility for the decision as to what is best for the UK.”