Today's quote, like the one we published on Monday, is really about Brexit - the long march toward Britain's expected separation from the European Union. That earlier quote was from
the UK'S Secretary of State for International Trade, and the full entry included a brief reference to the speech Prime Minister
gave at the Conservative Party Conference on October 5. We knew when we first read her speech that we would be returning to it - not necessarily for the above - but rather for the steps she laid out as the path to the UK's independence from the EU. Yet the above is not a bad way to start, as it is part of the philosophical underpinnings for the Prime Minister's action items on Brexit.
First, here is a little more of what she said on citizenship:
"We applaud success. We want people to get on. But we also value something else: the spirit of citizenship.
"That spirit that means you respect the bonds and obligations that make our society work. That means a commitment to the men and women who live around you, who work for you, who buy the goods and services you sell.
"That spirit that means recognising the social contract that says you train up local young people before you take on cheap labour from overseas.
"That spirit that means you do as others do, and pay your fair share of tax.
"But today, too many people in positions of power behave as though they have more in common with international elites than with the people down the road, the people they employ, the people they pass in the street.
"But if you believe you're a citizen of the world, you're a citizen of nowhere. You don't understand what the very word 'citizenship' means."
THE BREXIT ACTION LIST
On moving forward with Brexit, Prime Minister May said:
"Let's be clear about what is going to happen,
"Article Fifty - triggered no later than the end of March.
"A Great Repeal Bill to get rid of the European Communities Act - introduced in the next Parliamentary session.
"Our laws made not in Brussels but in Westminster.
"Our judges sitting not in Luxembourg but in courts across the land.
"The authority of EU law in this country ended forever.
"The people told us they wanted these things - and this Conservative Government is going to deliver them."
It may be a week or so before these pages return to the Brexit issues. Before we put this file away, even temporarily, we need to take some note of the debate in Britain over the role of Parliament in the management of the UK's separation from the EU.
Invoking Article 50
. In order of anticipated action, the first of these relates to the triggering of Article Fifty, and it is happening now. Specifically, the High Court in London, which is the court of initial jurisdiction for especially important cases, is being asked to decide whether the prime minister and her cabinet have the authority to invoke Article 50 in their dealings with the rest of the European Union or whether they need to seek further authority from Parliament. The court has said it will decide soon. The position of the May administration is that Parliament authorized the referendum, and the referendum provides all the authority that is needed.
The Great Repeal Bill
. We had not appreciated the need or plan for this legislation until we read Ms. May's speech. In legislative terms, however, this may be the heart of the matter. We assume that the phrase "the next Parliamentary session" refers to the session that will begin next spring.
When the Deal is Done
. If and when Article 50 is invoked, and assuming that the British government is able to work out an agreement with the EU, that agreement, that deal, will be subject to a vote in Parliament. That is what the government's lawyers have said in the High Court proceedings.