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Britain at the constitutional crossroads

The case for a second referendum—and a "deliberation day"

By Bruce Ackerman  

Counters empty ballot box at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast, as counting gets underway in the referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union ©Liam McBurney/PA Wire/PA Images

I would hope that the grave crisis in which Britain finds itself will encourage even the most no-nonsense inhabitant of these islands to confront an “ideological” question with uncharacteristic seriousness:  What precisely is the relationship between the principle of popular sovereignty and…

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