We’ve had the vote and it’s been ratified in parliament. A rerun would be untenable—and risky for both businesses and the public sectorby Diane James MEP / January 11, 2018 / Leave a comment
My erstwhile colleague, Nigel Farage MEP, has said that he could possibly consider supporting a second EU membership referendum to ‘kill off’ the Remain campaign for a generation. Notwithstanding the poor choice of words, I believe that Nigel is wrong—a second referendum is not appropriate.
Firstly, UK democracy, like it or not, works on a winner take all basis. All spoils to the winner and nothing for the runner-up.
For example, in the 2017 General Election, Stephen Gethin won the constituency of North East Fife by just 2 votes. He took the seat at Westminster and the runner up, Elizabeth Riches of the Liberal Democrats, took away nothing—even though Gethin only secured 33 per cent of the vote, which was a mere 23.4 per cent of the electorate.
That is how UK democracy works. The following day could have brought about a different result, but that is irrelevant: on the day, he secured more votes than any of the other candidates and became MP.
The Referendum was exactly the same: a binary choice, and the side with the most votes took the prize.