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Those who support the result in the EU referendum are condoning misleading the people

29 June, 2018

• STEPHEN Southam asks why MPs would have voted for the EU Referendum Bill when they knew what the consequences of leaving would be, (It’s a bunch of Remainers who never seem to be off our television screens who are to blame for Brexit, June 22).

A better question is: why did they neglect to include in the Bill the basic safeguard of our democracy that we find in the Representation of the People Act – the rule that it is an electoral offence to make factual misrepresentations about what the people are being asked to vote on (and the result of a vote can be nullified if factual misrepresentations are made)?

Had that rule been put in place for referendums, the Leave campaign would have been stopped dead in its tracks and, if not, the result of the EU referendum would have been nullified.

There are two explanations of the present state of affairs. The first is that the EU referendum was never intended to be binding. The second is that the present generation of politicians cannot organise the proverbial in a brewery. Neither explanation helps Brexiters.

The fact is that those who support the result in the EU referendum are condoning misleading the people. They are in denial about this and do not appear to want to understand why Brexit is so divisive.

To use a football metaphor, if a player handballs the ball into the net, it is a no-goal. If his team’s supporters see this but still claim it’s a goal, they need to be aware of the impression their behaviour is making on other people.

Ellington Street, N7


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