Solving the Brexit log-jam

It’s simple really (written with a wry smile).

  1. Vote in Parliament this week on whether Parliament supports or rejects May’s deal.  If  vote is in favour – problem sorted.  If not (as expected) go to point 2.
  2. Set up two referenda, one week apart, in first half of March.
  3. First referendum, ask population to vote on whether to accept or reject May deal. If vote goes in favour of PM then problem sorted.  If not, hold a second 2019 referendum one week later (point 4).
  4. Referendum on whether to stay in EU or crash out with no deal (because there won’t be time for anything else by then).

Simples (remember that wry smile).


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8 Replies to “Solving the Brexit log-jam”

  1. PM responds to your suggestion by moving the “meaningful vote” to week beginning 14 January 2019.

    Chess clock reset. Your move.

    Or are we playing poker?

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  2. Hmm, that went well. She says she will put it to Parliament in January. Somehow I doubt that will stick but who knows.

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  3. The only problem with your logic Mark is that there is ample evidence now that both Leave campaigns cheated during the first Referendum.

    Until electoral law is amended to reflect the fact that it is hopelessly out of date in this digital age, any future referendums (and indeed general elections - albeit to a lesser extent) will also be vulnerable to a repeat of this cheating.

    The pending criminal investigations need to be concluded with trials and if necessary convictions. Then we will need a wide ranging investigation - probably a Royal Commission to find out what happened and why. And after that changes to electoral law.

    This, not a people's vote, is now the biggest threat to democracy in the UK.

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  4. I agree the 'honing down' process is the only way we're ever going to get to a point of agreement.

    Adding to Miles' thoughts, how is it that foreign donations are allowed to British political parties ? Or that non-doms - people who have decided not to pay tax in this country - seem to play such a major part in Tory, and especially Leave, politics ? No representation without taxation, I'd suggest.

    But the other fundamental problem is that this referendum stretched first past the post democracy beyond its breaking point - that the Brexiteers seem to get away with 'betrayal of the people' were Brexit to fail is just laughable when effectively the vote was half and half. they've done a really great job, haven't they, first splitting the country and risking shedding a couple of countries, now their own party & effectively bringing British politics to a dead stop.

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  5. I still cannot see why the Commons cannot pass a resolution/amendment/whatever saying that in the event of no deal, then UK will not crash out of the EU. This, apparently, is the only thing that currently has a majority in the Commons. That would force a reset of attitudes surely?

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  6. Could we not have 3 concurrent YES/NO referendums?

    1: Leave with no deal: YES/NO
    2: Leave with mays deal :YES/NO
    3:Remain in the EU : YES/NO

    Would that even work?

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