PRIME Minister Boris Johnson has committed himself and us to leaving the European Union on October 31.

However, he has so far been frustrated by the passage through parliament of the so called ‘Benn Act’ which seeks to prohibit us from leaving without an agreement and by the refusal of Parliament to allow him to call a general election.

Our departure from the European Union is pursuant upon Theresa May’s invocation of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty which was signed by member states on December 13, 2007, and came into force on December 1, 2009.

The European Communities Act 1972, amongst other things, acknowledged the primacy of European law over national law where the two were in conflict.

I would therefore argue that Theresa May’s invocation of Article 50 takes precedence over Hilary Benn’s Act and Boris can legitimately take us out of the European Union on October 31 without breaking the law.

If I had the resources of Gina Miller I would gladly follow her example and take this argument all the way to the supreme court.

Sadly I don’t and can’t, even more sadly this whole sorry state of affairs betrays the fact that after nearly a hundred years of universal suffrage it’s still the rich that call the shots.

Alan Lake

Orchard Close, Ramsey