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Only valid on the day..!

Jackie Beedie

It’s all getting even more serious. Farcical is probably a better word, now in the UK, regarding ‘Brexit’. The faction that wants the UK to leave the EU the ‘Brexiteers’, keep screaming that the will of the people must be adhered to because 51.9 per cent of the people who voted in the referendum voted to leave. None of these Brexiteers have supplied any form of assistance to the negotiations or indeed any form of a plan as to what the United Kingdom does next once it leaves. Since all the “finest minds” in government have been unable to determine what it is they actually want over the last two years, then it’s safe to say that the 51.9pc did not really know what they were voting for.

Now after two years when it is becoming much clearer that it’s going to be a complete mess, leaving the UK much worse off, you can surmise that the populate are more informed and so the latest figures are showing that 2.6 million who voted for Brexit would now vote to remain. That would translate as 55.8pc wanting to stay in. The point to be made about the original vote is that 51.9pc of the people voted to leave on the June 23, 2016. A fixed point in time.

Democracy is dynamic and moves around, that’s why we have different results in general elections. Sure 51.9pc decided to leave in 2016 but since we have had wall to wall media coverage of the negotiations and the problems for the last two years it is probably safe to say that the whole country is much better informed now.

The democratic thing to do now would be to hold another referendum so that the much more informed electorate could give a current position. Mind you that result would only be a true reflection of the will of the people only on the day of the referendum. A very strong example of this was the referendum held in Scotland in 2014 to ask if they wanted to become independent from the UK. The people of Scotland voted 55pc in favour of remaining and so you would think that was settled, but no, in the run up to the referendum the major UK parties promised all sorts of incentives to Scotland if they voted to stay, including the claim that Scotland could only stay in the EU if it remained inside the UK.

Once the vote was in they immediately started backtracking on these promises so much so that at the general election less than a year later in 2015 the people of Scotland voted in Scottish Nationalist MPs in 56 out of the 59 seats available, a massive 95pc. This is what I mean by saying that under different conditions and when more information is available the populace changes its mind.

I don’t actually like referenda. What is the point in electing a member of parliament to represent you so that they can read up on all the pros and cons in order to make the difficult decisions for you. A referendum bypasses them by giving the decision to ill-informed masses. But if you want to go down that route then with Internet connectivity we could put every decision to the people like they do with ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’, and do away with parliament altogether. I wonder what kind of mess that would leave.

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