[ExI] brexit quick question
anders at aleph.se
Tue Jul 12 20:36:53 UTC 2016
In Sweden there has been six referendums. Of these, the results of three
or four have been overruled. The prohibition referendum in 1922 rejected
prohibition, but a very strict alcohol policy was enacted. The 1955
referendum on changing to right-hand traffic was against switching, but
in 1967 a switch was made anyway. The pensions system referendum 1957 is
disputed: alternative 1 got the most votes (and was enacted) but was a
minority compared to 2 & 3. The nuclear power referendum 1980 led to the
outcome that nuclear power would be phased out by 2010; this has not
happened, although technically it was just a decision to phase it out as
early as economically feasible.
The point here is that often politics allow a fair bit of leeway in
interpreting the result, especially if there is plenty of time.
In the UK there is a legal challenge underway arguing that brexit has to
be an act of parliament (where the MPs are mostly against it); whether
this can fly depends on complex issues of constitutional law.
Dr Anders Sandberg
Future of Humanity Institute
Oxford Martin School
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