On Friday 10th March, 45 local EU supporters assembled in front of MP Ben Howlett’s Bath office. They chanted and received good-natured beeps from passing motorists. No one from Mr. Howlett’s office emerged. Bath for Europe left an EU flag in his letterbox.
Local resident Olivia Darcy said, “Ben Howlett has an opportunity to speak up for Bath at this point – and he can think again. And he knows what the right thing to do is. To support the amendment with regards to Parliament having the final say means that Parliament will retain its sovereign role.
“It goes beyond Brexit,” she continued. “This is also for the people who want to leave the EU. Unless you keep sovereignty within Parliament, you have a dictatorship and that’s what is happening now. So, every single voice, every person who takes even a small action, for example having a conversation with somebody, helps change that narrative.”
“I want Ben Howlett to vote for the amendments that the Lords passed last week and I want him to stand up for his constituents in Bath – five and a half thousand of whom are EU nationals,” Gill Risbridger explained. “And the rest of us want Parliament to have a say in the final decision. “