Should submitting to EU rule be a treasonable offence?

Text from the Treason Felony Act of 1848.

PLACING “any Force or Constraint upon or in order to intimidate or overawe both Houses or either House of Parliament” is an offence under the Treason Felony Act of 1848, demanding a sentence of “hard Labour” or exile “beyond the Seas” for those convicted. 

Which is why the unfortunately named Christian Holliday has decided to launch a petition calling for an amendment in the Victorian legislation, which would make agitating for Britain’s continued membership of the EU a treasonable offence. 

The Conservative councillor from Surrey advocates the following changes on the petition submitted to the parliamentary website:

“The Treason Felony Act be amended to include the following offences:

‘To imagine, devise, promote, work, or encourage others, to support UK becoming a member of the European Union;

To conspire with foreign powers to make the UK, or part of the UK, become a member of the EU.”

The government has pledged to respond to all official petitions on the website which garner 10,000 signatures, while those achieving 100,000 are entitled to a parliamentary debate. 

No MP’s are actually required to attend such debates and the pledge is more a publicity stunt than a show of serious democratic intent. 

“It is becoming clear that many politicians and others are unwilling to accept the democratic decision of the British people to leave the EU.” continues the petition. 

“Brexit must not be put at risk in the years and decades ahead. For this reason we the undersigned request that the Treason Felony Act be amended”

At the time of writing there have been just shy of 500 signatures but, once the word gets around via social media, support will surely number in the tens or hundreds of thousands.

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    • Rodney Atkinson

      18 October 2016 • 09:05

      There is no need for these changes to well established
      Laws on constitutional treason
      The Treason cases laid before the courts in England and Scotland by myself and Norris McWhirter CBE in 1993 tell the full story
      The cases could be taken up again at any time
      I am surprised the Press has not looked at them again

    • john timbrell

      18 October 2016 • 18:40

      So with the greatest of respect Rodney; Why don’t you start a crowd funded appeal to open up the case again, to honour your murdered friend. Again with respect., I’m sure he would turn in his grave if he could know that you are supporting the unlawful article 50 to leave. You must have been ‘got at’ to reverse all what you previously stood for. Expose those people by publishing widely what happened after you have hidden those close to you and put yourself beyond reach in the Chilean embassy. The publicity would expose the corruption ensuring we stay in the EU.


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