Post by Tim Woodall Post by pamela
Why should the British public be made to suffer just because
they made a mistake the first time (on account of accepting
false information) and now want to correct it?
Because, even if the British public now admits they made a
mistake, a mistake was also made on the referendum question as
"brexit means brexit" is a tautology, not a description of what
is being voted for.
Rerunning the same question again and hoping that the problems
with a brexit vote go away because you get a different answer is
not being honest, it's rerunning a vote till you get the answer
you need. DC was stupid to allow such a question to be put to
the electorate but we all know he had the vote at all because of
divisions in the tory party, not because he wanted a vote so, as
PMs before, he jumped without an exit plan first.
So run a vote on whether we get a border in NI, a border at the
coast or no border at all. Then TM can settle the initial
questions and get on to the trade negotiations knowing what sort
of border the people will accept. (Of course, there's no way the
DUP will accept a referendum result that says to put a border on
the coast but that's a different issue and I'd hope with a
properly posed question, MPs from other parties would allow TM
to get past the NI border problem)
Then, once the final deal is sorted, put it to the people to
chose between the deal or the status quo if you insist.
I don't want brexit, and I don't want a hard brexit if we've got
to have brexit, but the politicians have succeeded in dividing
this country right down the middle.
The only way to get things back into any sort of order is to
reflect on what people have said and voted for and, in the
absence of overwhelming evidence of a change of heart or such a
change of condition (such as, for example, the outbreak of
WWIII) proceed with what the people voted for.
But I don't think anything like this will happen. TM doesn't
look likely to get a chance to move on to trade talks this time.
The indications seem to be that business is reaching the point
where it cannot wait and is going to have to commit to plans
(and is going to have to assume a hard brexit) so I cannot see
this government lasting more than another six months when we
will then have yet another general election. Another couple of
months gone. Hey, presto, there's no time left at all.
Assuming the above pans out, will parliament allow a cliff edge
brexit or will it force a remain over the will of the people?
the British public to change their mind.
clear indication that there had been a change. One quirk, not
implementation is many years after the vote and can be confirmed.
that the majority is slim.
another referendum. It would be nice, too, if the amount of the
vote is taken.