The case against article 50 and the hard brexit that will follow



So MP’s are finally voting on article 50. Tory eurosceptic labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is calling on his MP’s to back the bill. After all we had a referendum and a majority backed leave. However I would argue, no, both labour and Tory rebels should not back article 50 and here’s why.

Well no firstly they didn’t get a majority. As I’ve pointed out before multiply the turnout of the referendum (70%) by the 52% and you come up with 37%. Now excuse my elementary maths, but isn’t 37% less than 50%? By definition a majority requires +50%. In most European countries a decision on something as important as this this requires a majority decision, not a simple plurality. And this ignores the millions who were excluded from the ballot (EU citizens, UK citizens leaving abroad).

The idea that the UK can make such a momentous…

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2 Responses to The case against article 50 and the hard brexit that will follow

  1. neilrieck says:

    Something similar happened in Canada with Quebec voting to leave Canada. At that time, some people advocated for a majority of 50%+1 being the only requirement whilst others claimed that something important like this should only be handled by parliament and that perhaps a 2/3 majority would be required. Getting back to the BREXIT referendum, it was billed as a non-binding informational poll and, IIRC, no one expected it to go through until it did by a very small number. To add an additional wrinkle, I was led to believe that ~ 3 million brits were working abroad in the EU so I wonder how many of these people actually voted (probably a very small number). Then there was the misinformation (er, lying) by people like Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage and others who drove around England in the Big red bus claiming all the money that was being sent to the EU could be diverted to the NHS (meanwhile, all those politicians knew that for every pound going to Brussels, there was much more than a pound coming back. No, IMHO it it time for British MPs to have a free vote in parliament and stay within the EU. Trust me, you do not want to be betting your future on being friends with the Americans for the next decade.

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