one person one vote = democracy, the majority voted leave..... the leave vote must be honoured before any consideration to a second referendum can be give.... people need to stop insulting the intelligence of others, everyone absolutely everyone knew what they were voting for..... Yet I bet some bright spark on the BBC’s question time this week will say, either we didn’t know what we were voting for..... or we were misled...yawn...”
I think one of the problems is the small size of the majority. If it was 70/30 or greater then end of story, the people have spoken and it is a major majority. But it was so close, with so little thought put into what would happen if the vote went against the government, that has caused this ongoing chaos.
Whatever the outcome, half the country will be opposed to it, from all walks of life and political beliefs. Modern democracy is about shouting out simplistic sound bite key messages, then pumping a fortune into amplifying those messages across the media. The average person will absorb those messages and will vote for the ones that resonate with them. Take back control, spend the money on hospitals, stop immigration. This is where the leave campaign did well, it had the best marketing campaign. But no one really understood the realities or the bigger picture, how could we unless we are political analysts? We naively assume our political class are giving us the best advice and working for us. But instead our current system has exposed blatant game playing, partisanship and self interest at the expense of all of us.
Because the referendum campaigns were cross party, it was always been doomed to failure. I don't think it would matter if Labour had run the negotiations, then end result would be the same, stalemate and chaos.
The current government is a disaster. I'm no fan of Labour but the current Tory party is embarrassing and doing the country no favours.
I think we need a fresh approach, with a proper coalition government to try and bring the country back together and put a genuine plan together. We don't need another referendum, but we do need a clear plan of action, one that brings in industry leaders, and strategists from all political parties with enough time to formulate a proper plan agreed by all, before presenting it to the EU. We've negotiated the wrong way round.
With a united parliament, and positive messages from industry, we would then be in a strong position to start our EU negotiations. Any compromises can be debated openly one by one.
Has to be better than a deal done behind closed doors, with endless negative speculation, then a huge document dumped on MP's who have no idea what the plan was and are then expected to vote and agree on it.
Shameful period in our history