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A full 52% of the people who voted in the referendum voted to leave. About 48% (including me) voted to remain. Now even my faulty mathematics can fathom out which side won and yet, they haven’t won. Well, not yet anyway.
Oh well, that’s democracy for you. You can’t have the majority view prevailing if too many of those ‘in power’ don’t like it.
Prime Minister Theresa May has a deal she wants Parliament to pass through. If they do then we will leave on the terms of her deal with the EU.
It is looking very likely that Parliament won’t vote for her deal and, in fairness, it isn’t a very good deal. The legal ‘default’ position to that is that we still leave on March 29th, but without a deal.
Seemingly the majority in Parliament don’t like that prospect either so, their plan seems to be to ignore the legal default position and push for another referendum, to see if the British people can be nice to them this time and vote the other way.
It’s such fun this democracy thing isn’t it?
Quite how Parliament would justify ignoring the legal default position is a mystery to me. Perhaps they will say “We don’t like it”, although that could set a dangerous precedent as I might decide to ‘not like’ any number of laws and start hitting people I don’t like over the head with a baseball bat, which is, not surprisingly, illegal.
“But officer! Parliament ignored a law they didn’t like so surely, in a democracy, so can I”
All right. I know. Daft analogy. Besides, I haven’t got a baseball bat. But, you get my drift? Parliament makes our laws – well, those the EU haven’t made anyway – so having made them, they can hardly just ignore one because it’s a teeny weeny bit inconvenient can they? Can they?
There seems to be an increasing clamor from some quarters for a second referendum. As the very idea would possibly drive many people into an asylum, those clamoring have decided to call it ‘a peoples vote’ in the vague hope nobody will notice it is actually a second referendum.
This ‘peoples vote’ would, those in favor of it hope, ask the following –
1) Leave with the Prime Ministers deal.
2) Leave with no deal.
3) Remain in the European Union.
Doh! Really? Really? They really think that nobody will notice the blatant ‘stitch up’ to split the ‘leave’ vote?
Look. I voted ‘remain’. Yes, I know, I am no fan of the EU. I am alarmed by its direction of travel. It’s desire for a fully united Europe both politically and monetarily. A centralized EU government. The loss of sovereignty that would naturally have to occur in all member countries for that to happen. The clear corruption and waste of money regularly occurring.
Never the less, I voted ‘remain’ for the majority of ‘young people’ who, I believed, wanted to remain. I decided, reluctantly, that it is their future not mine, so there you go.
I lost. We, the ‘remainers’ lost. We really need to get over it and realize that, for better or worse, we have to leave.
“Oh but people didn’t know all the facts!” say remainers.
Neither did we remainers actually. We voted to remain members of the EU. That’s it. We didn’t vote about anything else, just to remain. The leavers voted to leave and that’s it. They didn’t care about customs unions or single markets they just wanted out.
They won, we lost. This is a democracy.
“Ah! But referendums are not legally binding!”
Prime Minister of the day, David Cameron, stated the result would be binding. He probably wishes he hadn’t but he did. Therefore it is. This is a democracy.
On March 29th, 2019, the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union, deal or no deal.
If it doesn’t happen I strongly suspect there will be civil unrest and, almost certainly, violence on our streets.
I, personally, will never condone violence—I’ve a strong aversion for getting hurt for starters — but, if it happens it will not be those perpetrating such acts who are entirely to blame, it will also be those who prevented democracy from functioning as it should and, indeed, must, for it to be a democracy.
If we don’t leave, deal or not, on March 29th, British democracy will be in its death throes.
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