Wednesday 6 February 2019

Voters are not prisoners of the Referendum

The claim that the electorate are prisoners of the outcome of the 2016 vote on Brexit is holed below the waterline. In law, the referendum was consultative, as was made clear to MPs at the time. Nothing in its wording suggested the public would surrender their right to be consulted again and it is really not credible that they would have voted as they did had it done so. It was Messrs Cameron and Osborne (since departed for greener pastures) who rashly declared they would implement the outcome whatever the consequences, but Britain is a democracy and laws are made by Parliament and cannot be overturned by declarations by individual politicians, however eminent.