posted on Dec, 17 2019 @ 01:40 AM
a reply to: xpert11
I don't know if you are aware that Cameron had already used the referendum ploy twice, and both times had been successful. One on whether "first past
the post" voting in elections should be replaced by proportional reresentation and one on Scottish independence. So he had shut the mouths of two sets
of minority agitators, and he thought he could do it a third time to shut up Nigel Farage. I started a thread at the time on the question, and the
resspondents thought he would probably pull off the trick once again.
Why did he fail? This was his opportunity to blackmail concessions from the EU about their methods of working and present the electorate with a better
deal. But no visible concessions were made, and thus his case had become "The EU is no better than it was before, but let's stay anyway". So the
collective arrogance of the EU leadership, which was even more visible in the years that followed, is an important part of the problem. They blamed
him after the event, but they should have been blaming themselves.