a reply to: CornishCeltGuy
its a stupid idea (in my opinion).
actually it was only over half of those who voted.
those who didn't vote, we can assume that they're happy with whatever the result is from those that do vote (or they would have voted) - but that
means they'd be happy with either result.
yes I'm sure if we ran the same poll again, we'd get a much higher turnout, but the result would be reasonably similar. about 50/50 - ish. give or
take a few percentage points, but in my opinion not conclusive. Personally I would have said that a majority answer is only binding if greater than
75%, anything from 50-75 needs the decision made by parliament.
but then I think the whole idea to suggest that we leave - is a stupid idea. and putting it to the people to vote on, was an even stupider idea. We
have elections to find the people that we feel will represent our views in parliament - big decisions that affect the entire country (and this is one
of the biggest we've ever had), should be debated in parliament, and decided on by those that we've entrusted the position to make decisions on our
behalf. That's what they're paid to do - they have the time to look at the bigger picture, see all the evidence, and make an informed decision.
Something which the vast majority of those being asked to vote on the idea didn't have. We did have information, but we have no way of reliably
verifying if it was true, and most of it was predictions, and finger in the air guessing about what might happen if we leave.
The whole thing was a complete disaster, became apparent when we realised that Cameron clearly didn't expect the leave vote to win, and he and his
govt had zero plans to deal with a leave vote.
TM comes in, and the only way she can see to keep herself in the top job is to be strong, and remain certain that 'we voted to leave, so we're
personally I see no shame in someone admitting that they were wrong. even easier if it was your predecessor who was wrong. TM: "David Cameron was an
idiot - he shouldn't have called a referendum. we'll look at the result, discuss it in parliament, and make a decision" - after a few weeks, she can
then say something along the lines of it being in the best interests in the long term future of our country not to leave the EU.
as I said. The idea to leave is stupid. The decision to let the people vote on it - was stupid. To follow through and actually go ahead and start
the process of leaving - without a clue as to how that's going to happen - stupid. Trying to manage to not have a hard border in Ireland - stupid.
as someone else said - before we were in, with loads of opt outs. Now we're attempting to be out, with loads of opt ins.
neither position is ideal, but I'd have prefered to remain in the EU, and try to sort out some of the issues with corruption (Greek farmers, and
subsidies), none accountability - unelected representatives etc, by being in the EU.