House of Lords needs more members like astute Bishop of Leeds: Yorkshire Post Letters

From: Debra Stretton, Carlton, Wakefield.

The Right Reverend Nick Baines is the Bishop of Leeds.

I OFTEN complain about the House of Lords and its non-democratic format of unelected members, although I know that every democracy needs a second house.

Last week I watched with great interest, as the Bishop of Leeds questioned the Foreign Office Minister in the chamber.

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The Right Reverend Nick Baines called for a public education programme on notions of sovereignty following Britain’s exit from the European Union.

This was Boris Johnson signing the Brexit trade deal with the EU on December 30.

Speaking in the House of Lords he queried why “pooled sovereignty” with the EU was considered a deficit for the UK but when it is pooled with the United States it was “seen as a positive”.

He is, of course, referring to the whole false premise behind the Brexit campaign on shared sovereignty with our then EU trade partnership. His question was delivered as discussions are ongoing for a future US trade strategy, which may be delayed, where we will be expected to further consider/compromise UK sovereignty to achieve a deal.

It was a great point and well made by the clearly astute Bishop, but we just need more like him to cut through the deceit of UK politicians who have invented problems where none exist.

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