This letter is from Caroline Stephens and we publish it with her kind permission.


Dear Lord James of Blackheath,

Firstly may I congratulate you on this speech you made in the House of Lords on Friday last.

To remind everyone, here is the main body of your speech:

“My Lords, a week ago, I wrote a letter to the Lord Speaker in which I suggested that in certain circumstances which might occur, such as this morning, the entire House of Lords is ineligible to sit. I do not intend to pursue this point, but I want to explain why it occurs. I think it is important to us.

If the Lisbon treaty is allowed to stand and is not wiped away at midnight on 31 October, we are all, every single man jack of us, in breach of our oath on joining this House because we have allowed the omniscience of Parliament to be reduced by the elimination of the veto which was standing in our benefit until the Lisbon treaty. That has far-reaching consequences which go way beyond us and reach into the Palace and the Crown itself. We need to be aware of those implications. If I am right on that assertion—I have taken it to the Table Office and asked it to think about it, so there must be some professional opinions around—then we would be ineligible to sit today, and it would mean that this Bill cannot pass the House. I am not pursuing that.

What I am going to say is that I think the basis on which we are going forward from here is wrong because we have a situation in which we are facing a choice between remain, the no-go solution and, as came very much into focus in the latter stages of yesterday, the possible resurrection of the May deal. The May deal and remain both carry the same consequence that they would still leave us in breach of our oath. We need to have our oaths restored to us, which would happen if at midnight on 31 October if the Lisbon treaty was wiped away.

The first person we need to be concerned about in that respect is Her Majesty because we have the power of government placed in our hands by the coronation oath which she swore never to diminish, but we have diminished it for her. In those circumstances, do the British public realise they are being asked to consider a situation which might create a position in which Her Majesty would consider it was essential for her to abdicate? If that occurred, would it ever be possible to resurrect the monarch because nobody else could swear the same coronation oath? Let us be realistic about this. My whole criticism of the situation of opposition to no-go at the moment is that we simply have not informed the British public of what is at stake. It goes way beyond this.

We have this wonderful paper called Yellowhammer, which tells us all the dreadful things that will happen if we do go no-go. My secretary has an alternative list that I have complied called the Black Vulture, which is my list of the things that people do not know about which will happen if we do not go no deal. The first is the hazard it creates for the Crown. The second is: will somebody please tell us the truth about the European defence union? This is by far the biggest issue facing the British public and they know nothing about it officially. Can we please have a proper account of what it entails? Is it really true that the Government have entered into private agreements with the European Community that they will, on completion of remain or whatever it is to be, transfer to the European Union in Brussels the entire control of our entire fighting forces, including all their equipment? [Laughter.] Noble Lords may jest, but it has been done and they should check it out. It is too important to ignore. We must know the truth of this. We must have it clear for the whole public to know. I believe it is true, and I think we should be told. I understand that it is intended that the oath of every serving member of our forces will be cancelled and they will be required to undertake a new oath of loyalty to Brussels. I understand that in recent months, we have had a series of people sent from our Armed Forces to create and install the command and control centres to be used for the control of our troops once we have ceased to have any control over their use, application or deployment. It goes beyond this. They are to take control of our intelligence services, the whole core of Five Eyes. They will have MI6 and the Cheltenham monitoring centre, and we will be completely excluded from it under the new arrangements and have no access either to the— (giving way to Lord Blunkett, Labour).”

(Link to this speech In context Individually – Citation: HL Deb, 6 September 2019, c1235)

Lord James – as I see it, your amendment was ‘dropped’.  Now you mention that the House of Lords cannot sit due to their Oaths having been made to the Queen and this obviously conflicts with the Lisbon Treaty.  This comment raised some eyebrows among people like myself who have become more acquainted with our Constitution.

  1. The House of Lords has been conducting itself unlawfully since 2000 due to the enactment of House of Lords Act 1999.  I can find nobody absolutely nobody that focuses on this crucial aspect of our constitutional betrayal. This makes all legislation passed since then, null and void and this includes the Lisbon Treaty.  I believe that you are a lifetime peer yourself and due to this matter, you are unfortunately personally implicated too. This information is not readily available on the internet but I have the evidence if you so wish to view?  Suffice to say many peers turned up for work after the Act was passed and found themselves unable to gain entry to the House. Perhaps this is not surprising because many Lords have no official email address like your good self or at that time, did not use the internet at all?

The following is a video that I have uploaded it onto my own YouTube channel just this morning.

Very factual and a sad indication on how low our Parliament has sunk?

  1. The following video shows the timeline of the House of Lords being gradually ‘erased’ from the once all important role that the House used to have in British Society.   As you are aware, the House was formed to provide the checks and balances to our ‘elected’ MPs. Unfortunately, the House of Lords is crammed full of political appointees from different political parties.
  2. With regard to military matters, Dave Ellis, Carol Hellier and I orchestrated a very efficient campaign to notify the MPs that ‘we’ were planning to hand our military to Brussels.  It is very clear to me that NATO is about to be disbanded which is not the government’s official narrative. I will leave this matter here for now.

Anyway, I’ve provided lots of information for you to ‘sink your teeth’ into. There are no real constitutional experts around IMHO.

Kind regards, Caroline Stephens

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