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How Brexit could strengthen us

Amid all the bad news about Brexit – the lies on the bus, the shrinking economy, the paralysed opposition, we are prone to forget the benefits it is bringing us. I am talking about our understanding of the European Union. Politicians who have for years loftily ignored it are at last being forced to find out a bit about how it works. Large numbers of the population who had hardly heard of the EU before the referendum are gaining some glimmer of what it’s all about.

So a nation for years isolated …

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Vote Leave: Strong democratic case for referendum on the Brexit deal

When Liberal Democrats have talked about offering a referendum on the Brexit deal, they have had tonnes of abuse shovelled at them from outraged Brexiteers. We’re undemocratic, they say. We’re not willing to accept the will of the people. How on earth giving the people a say on whether their government has interpreted their wishes correctly is undemocratic is beyond me, but to the Boris Johnsons, and Iain Duncan Smiths and Theresa Mays of this world, it makes sense. That would be the people with power who don’t want it challenged.

Tony Blair is the latest figure to come in for the disapproval of the Brexiteer zealots, which now appear to include the Labour leadership. I’ll just leave this tweet from Robert Hutton here, just as an aside:

What’s interesting is that Tony Blair didn’t say much different what Nick Clegg and Tim Farron have been saying since the referendum. It’s hardly surprising that both Liberal Democrats expressed approval.

We can be absolutely certain that had the vote on 23rd June been 52-48 in favour of Remain that the Leave campaign would have been arguing for a second referendum already.

But a referendum on the Brexit deal is an entirely different thing. So what did Vote Leave have to say about that? Well, in January 2016, before we even knew the date of the referendum, Vote Leave’s director Dominic Cummings, the guy who came up with the £350 million a week for the NHS pledge which was dumped within hours of the result being known, gave an interview to the Economist. Twitter is full today of how this is still being linked to from the Vote Leave website.

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  • User Avatarmatt 18th Mar - 4:57pm
    @Mark We were told that a vote to leave would mean leaving the single market and leaving the customs union. We were told we would...
  • User AvatarMark Valladares 18th Mar - 4:47pm
    @ Matt, It’s not clear to me that, even were it to be the current will of the people that we should leave, that a...
  • User AvatarAndrew Brown 18th Mar - 4:42pm
    If we're now staring at the prospect of a crash Brexit, we must move to revoke Article 50. Parliament can then consider the best way...
  • User AvatarPaul Barker 18th Mar - 4:41pm
    So far, May hasn't even asked for a delay. With only 11 days before we crash out we have to make it clear that its...
  • User Avatarmatt 18th Mar - 4:41pm
    Quite simple. Democracy should prevail and we should now leave with No deal to honour the referendum result.
  • User AvatarAndrew Hickey 18th Mar - 4:38pm
    This means that the only options which are in the power of the UK -- rather than something to be granted at a whim of...