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Thread #165570 Message #3983234
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
19-Mar-19 - 09:16 PM
Thread Name: BS: Brexit #3: A futile gesture?
Subject: RE: BS: Brexit #3: A futile gesture?
The winners, whoever they were, can always be relied on to say that giving a chance to change their minds was antidemocratic. The truth isn't anything so high principled. It's simply that they fear people might vote the other way. Or that people who'd been to young might vote to change the result. (The number of new young voters is now far larger than the narrow margin of victory in 2016 - and the evidence is tgey are overwhelming for remaining, since they are probably the ones who stand to lose most in any Brexit.)
Norway, Denmark and Ireland have all had a second vote in analogous circumstances. In Norway this confirmed the decision not to join the EU, in Denmark and Ireland it reversed the earlier one. (In the Republic of Ireland today there is currently something like 84% support for EU membership - and of course in 2016 in Northern Ireland most votes were for remaining in the EU.) So are these countries traitors to democratic principles, while the hilariouslt shambolic UK government is a brave upholder of such principles?