The break with the Roman Church is absolutely
analogous to our separating ourselves from the E.U. It’s even fought over the same territory.
It’s fought over jurisdiction. Why does Henry have to break with Rome to get his divorce?
Because England is subordinate to a European court. And what is the other ground of the
conflict?The amount of money you pay. Quite extraordinary. And it goes into absolute detail.
The way Henry does it is by the doctrine of Parliamentary Sovereignty. In other words,
the idea which is being pursued hotly by the Legion of Remainers headed by Centurion Bercow
is that Parliamentary Sovereignty can be used to deny national sovereignty. It’s an absurd
contradiction. Parliamentary Sovereignty only makes sense within the notion of the sovereign,
independent state. Otherwise it’s meaningless verbiage. And again of course, the doctrine
of Parliamentary Sovereignty long predates democracy, and the great crisis in Britain
is that we’ve never worked out what the relationship between an idea of popular sovereignty and
parliamentary sovereignty is. Which was of course exposed with brutal effectiveness by
the Brexit Referendum.