The question we were asked on 23rd June was incompleteby Oliver Conolly / August 31, 2016 / Leave a comment
We are often told, irrespective of whether or not we voted “Leave,” that there is no way back. We must, no matter how grim the process and the consequences, go through with it. Brexit means Brexit. “Leave” means “Leave.”
This argument is advanced by both Brexiters and by Remainers—the former, triumphantly, and the latter with resignation.
It is, however, nonsense. There is one underexplored reason why this is so. There are other reasons—the misrepresentations of the Leave campaign, the fact that only 37.5 per cent of the electorate actually expressed a wish to leave the EU by voting “Leave,” and the fact that the vote is not binding—which have been rehearsed elsewhere. The question I want to explore here is: does “Leave” actually means “Leave”?
The question on the ballot paper was:
“Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?”
That seems straightforward enough. However, take the following example. Suppose I were to ask my wife the following question: