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Why a second Brexit referendum is required by law

The key lies in the 2011 European Union Act

By Arthur Snell  

British Ambassador to the EU Tim Barrow hands the Brexit letter to European Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels, Belgium, March 29, 2017. Photo: European Union/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

The “second referendum” or, as some prefer, a first referendum on the deal, has become one of the key arguments of the Brexit debate. The political argument is fairly simple: the British people voted on whether or not to be members of the European Union, which gave a mandate to the government to negotiate the terms of exit. Given that those terms are unknowable at…

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