The Independent today started a campaign for another referendum on Brexit, arguing that it was such a shambles that voters ought to be given second chance to express an opinion.
The referendum gave sovereignty to the British people, so now they deserve a final say on the Brexit deal
They have opened a petition in support. It’s probably worth supporting, though let’s face it, another referendum is only going to happen over Theresa May’s rotting corpse, as it would be a humiliating admission of the failure of her government to manage Brexit in an orderly and sensible way. Of course, it’s not entirely her fault Brexit has become a shambles, she insisted on putting Brexiteers determined to sabotage it in charge of negotiations.
The Independent published articles from members of all three national parties in support:
Layla Moran, Liberal Democrat MP for Oxford West and Abingdon
Chuka Umunna, Labour MP for Streatham
Dominic Grieve QC MP, a Conservative politician, barrister, Queen’s Counsel and a member of the privy council
There is cross party support of letting Britain’s voters vote to decide on whatever May’s disjointed regime cooks up, which is one reason May will oppose this. She doesn’t want a second electoral disaster to her name, would look bad in history books. So a second referendum has a rocky road ahead, as it is far from clear what would force May’s hand in agreeing to one. Unless enough Tories become so disgruntled, a new leadership contest is instigated.
Whether or not one voted for Britain to exit the EU, clearly what’s happening is totally shambolic, bereft of reason or control, and currently, no-one can predict the outcome, or what politicians will actually do. There may have been a slim majority of Britons voting to leave the EU, but I doubt any of them voting for this fiasco.
Under this circumstance, we should not trust politicians. Since the Tories decided to let the people decide, let them also let the people decide whether or not they like what the Tories have produced in support of this goal. It is interesting that Brexiteers oppose a second referendum. Sounds like they are afraid it might not confirm public support for the catastrophe they have actually engineered.
If Brexiteers are so confident they have gauged the public mood in their hatred of everything European, why wouldn’t they put it to a referendum test?