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A People’s Veto: why a second Brexit referendum would make more sense than the first one

Examples from history, and from overseas, tell us something that should be obvious—referendums only make sense when the public knows what will happen after they vote

By Robert Saunders  

The case for "confirmatory vote" on Brexit. Photo: PA

If we have learned anything from British politics since 2016, it is the destructive power of the referendum. Unshackled from traditional loyalties or the constraints of party politics, referendums can shatter governments, dissolve political allegiances and destroy the careers of successful politicians. They can undermine the legitimacy of Parliament, setting “the will of the people” against their elected representatives.

Since 2016, MPs have been denounced by tabloid editors, the European Research Group and even the Prime Minister for frustrating this…

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