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Senior Analyst at Weber Shandwick
#Democracy #Brexit #Europe 3 months ago

I love UK and, although didn't vote, I oppose Brexit. At the same time I respect people' choice even when wrong. Tony Blair, the most successful British Prime Minister is wrong to imply an undemocratic move can nullify British people choice.


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EU leaders have power to stop Brexit, says Blair

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Kenny Stevenson Politics
Research Associate, University of Strathclyde (Scotland)
3 months ago

Here is a controversial take on the second referendum debate. Generally speaking I can't stand the 'wait for the pensioners to die' argument but, given how quickly Britain's demographics will change before we fully leave, it's a legitimate point.

https://youtu.be/_TSgi9WsoaQ

Peter Marton Politics
Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at Central European University
3 months ago

Here is my take on this. I am not a fan of Brexit, while I am not British. However, what I like even less than foolhardy and populist decisions and solutions to complex issues is a selective interpretation of what democracy means.

For instance, saying that Donald Trump is somehow illegitimate because he 'lost' the popular vote, or saying that Orbán in Hungary is illegitimate becuause there is a non-balanced media landscape for opposition parties, or saying that Brexit is illegitimate because people were ill-informed underplays the point of democracy. Show alternatives, make them desirable, debate, present better candidates or visions for the future etc... What is done, is done!

Of course, in the case of elections, what is done is done for a limited amount of time (4-5-6 years) but in the case of Brexit, I think its time to accept this.

A good option, would be to dissolve the U.K. and have Scotland and N.Ireland go their own ways. Possibly back to the EU.

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