The Daunting Prospect of a 2nd EU Referendum

A second EU Referendum should be debated in Parliament, but that does not mean Parliament should legislate for one either.


An online petition signed by five million people calling for a second EU Referendum is due to be debated by Parliament. Firstly, a petition that has received overwhelming support from people should be debated. That is the whole purpose of creating an online petition. Most noteworthy is that this petition is likely to be rejected by Parliament.

Regardless of MPs’ views about Brexit, this referendum was dubbed as a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity. The result was certainly close, but that does not suffice to say it was illegitimate. Furthermore, we have now installed a new Prime Minister tasked with delivering a adequate deal for Britain once Article 50 is issued. It is important that we provide Theresa May with the opportunity to negotiate a deal with the EU that addresses both sides of the debate in the events leading up to June 23rd. Most noteworthy is that in my previous article, I argued that Britain could land itself with a deal close, if not mirroring, that of Lichtenstein’s. Considering Lichtenstein is a smaller country than Britain, there is no reason to suggest that we cannot achieve anything better regarding the EU’s £61 billion trade deficit with us.

Suffice to say, many people who supported the Remain side have a right to be upset about the result. Yet that does not mean they have a right to overturn the democratic will of the British people. Also, it is not their right to portray Leave voters as misguided on social networking sites. Neither campaign behaved perfectly and provided false information, but we have voted to leave the EU in this country. It is the new Prime Minister’s job to secure an adequate deal that satisfies people who supported either the Remain or Leave camps. Another referendum will not be necessary.


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