[ExI] brexit quick question

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Thu Jul 14 04:32:09 UTC 2016

On 13 July 2016 at 03:48, BillK <pharos at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 12 July 2016 at 17:30, William Flynn Wallace wrote:
> > Nowhere do I see where the referendum is legally binding, so
> theoretically
> > you could have another one, no?  Or maybe Parliament could simply not
> obey
> > it.
> >
> Strictly speaking the EU referendum is not legally binding. In the UK,
> Parliament makes the laws.
> But the Prime Minister (Cameron) called the referendum because he
> claimed that it was too big a decision for Parliament to decide by
> itself without asking the people to vote. (The UK joining the EU was
> also voted on in a referendum in 1975).
> So, on this issue Parliament sees itself as rubber-stamping the
> decision of the people.
> There would be political chaos if Parliament decided to ignore the
> expressed will of the people.

What if the will of the people changed, because many of those who voted to
leave the EU either didn't think it would really happen or didn't
anticipate the consequences?

Stathis Papaioannou
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