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The Sovereignty Protection Act of 1995
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The Sovereignty Protection Act of 1995

An Act to protect the sovereignty of the people of the United Kingdom and to ensure that they are given the final say on the transfer of any further powers to the European Union


Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:


Section 1: Basic provisions

1. Any transfer of powers over and above those already given to the European Union, will require the consent of the people of the United Kingdom via a confirmatory referendum

2. For the purpose of this Act, a transfer of powers is defined as a major change in the United Kingdom’s obligations with the European Union which requires the ratification of new treaties, major amendments to existing treaties, new protocols and/or major new agreements

3. The transfer of powers relating to economic and monetary union are fully within the scope of this Act

4. Minor changes to existing agreements which do not require treaty ratification and do not involve the major transfer of powers are excluded and remain within the purview of normal government and Parliamentary process

5. This legislation applies only to agreement and treaties with the European Union and not to the same with any other country or international body


Section 2: Process

1. The government (Executive) shall be responsible for negotiating the terms and text of any new treaty or agreement with the European Union; nothing in this Act shall prevent the government from negotiation or entering into dialogue with the European Union

2. Once the negotiations are complete and the treaty or agreement is finalized, the government will lay the terms before Parliament for scrutiny and the first stage of ratification in the usual way and following all existing laws

3. If Parliament approves the terms, the matter shall then be put to the people in a confirmatory referendum, but the treaty will not be ratified until and unless asset from the people is received

4. If Parliament rejects the terms, the matter will return to the government (Executive) for further negotiation and revision with the European Union or, should the government (Executive) choose, the treaty or agreement will be considered not ratified and the matter will be closed

5. If assent from the people is received, the government (Executive) will approve and ratify the treaty in accordance with the law, including creating any necessary legislation for its enforcement and application

6. If assent from the people is not granted, the matter will return to the government (Executive) for further negotiation and revision with the European Union or, should the government (Executive) choose, the treaty or agreement will be considered not ratified and the matter will be closed

7. If the government decides to renegotiate following the denial of assent in a referendum, it must follow the same process as outlined in this section for future ratification

8. In no case may the same, unamended treaty – or an insignificantly different version of the same – be presented back to the people for another vote until a period of at least twenty-four months from the date of the first referendum has passed


Section 3: The referendum

1. The date of any referendum will be determined by the government (Executive)

2. The question to appear on the ballot will be determined by the government (Executive) in consultation with the Electoral Commission

3. Those entitled to vote in the referendum are those persons who, on the date of the referendum, would be entitled to vote as electors at a parliamentary election in any constituency

4. The referendum shall be subject to standard electoral rules, as determined by the Electoral Commission and prevailing law

5. Parliament will confirm and formalize the details of the referendum, including the question to be put and the date, via appropriate legislation

6. The outcome of the referendum will be determined by simple majority

7. The result of the referendum will be legally binding on the government and on Parliament


Section 4: Enactment

1. The provisions of this Act to become law on approval of Her Majesty The Queen.
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Mrs Margo Leadbetter
Conservative MP for Surbiton

Representing the silent majority! 
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Madam Speaker

I am presenting this bill in order to ensure that the people of the United Kingdom are given a full and free say in any future transfer of authority to the European Union.

The powers enjoyed by this House are not ours. They are merely on loan to us from the people. We have no right to give those powers away or to cede them to another body without the express agreement of those we represent.

For far too long there has been a gradual erosion of sovereignty to the European Union. Ancient and historic powers along with the rights they represent have been leached away from this country without proper consent. That must come to an end.

This legislation does not prevent further integration with the European Union, nor does it harm our ability to sign future treaties. However, it puts the final decision over such momentous changes where it belongs: with the people. 

I hope that the government will be supportive of this bill and I urge its smooth passage through this House.
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Mrs Margo Leadbetter
Conservative MP for Surbiton

Representing the silent majority! 
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