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But they have a moral duty to respect the British people's Right to Self-Determination.
If Parliament fails to enact the result of the referendum then we should cease all pretence of being a democracy.
I am not aware of any instance where the outcome of the referendum was not honoured however I would add that traditionally the UK has not been that big on referendums in comparison to some of our European cousins.
Your link points out that the 1979 referendum on Scottish devolution wasn't followed through because of low voter turn out. So there I guess is one possible case.
It wasn't a legally binding vote so the government could unilaterally decide to retract article 50 and just leave the whole thing behind.
originally posted by: Christosterone
So the British citizenry legally votes to leave the EU...
The politicians say “nah, let’s not do that. Maybe we will hold another vote or another until the people vote the ‘correct’ way”
I would be livid if I was a British voter...
But I’m a Texan so I doubt y’all care...
originally posted by: Freeborn
a reply to: andy06shake
Not in the UK.....only in Republic of Ireland and Portugal, I think, where the people voted against the wishes of the EU and their governments and they were forced to vote again.
And for me that is the heart of the problem.....the EU should never be able to dictate UK legislation or any other sovereign nation.
May is obviously going to lose tonight's vote....all that is left is a No Deal.....anything else is a failure to carry out the wishes of the British people.
Was that dependent upon a certain amount of turnout?
What steps would have to be taken for that to occur?
so there are no instances of a uk referendum not being honored?
So the European courts have ruled that the UK could retract article 50 and their motion to leave the EU with out having to consult other EU member states and if it done this it would retain all current agreements and concessions it has with the EU. In other words the UK wouldn't need to do very much, it would literally just be writing a letter.