How 2nd referendum could work - Brexit Brexit Explained 6 months ago   06:39

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As the UK's departure date from the EU draws nearer, we look at whether a second referendum is possible - and if so, how it might look.



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Thomas Conrow
Weighted choices on the ballot would work.
Mark Grist
Would we be talking about this if 52% voted to remain ????
NO IS the answer the government would have accepted this & moved on .

So would I have , I voted to leave.
& would have accepted the vote simple
bob the builder
Forget it you losers. It ain't gonna happen .suck it up.
Martyn Anstis
Instead of reporting on this rubbish, why aren't you reporting on the Robin Tilbrook court case?
John Higson
We already had a referendum and voted to Leave. Channel 4 is showing an unbelievable disregard for democracy.
I voted once for Brexit I won't vote again... I will put 'none of the above' on all future ballot papers. I hope many others do the same...
Paul Manley
Why? There is not a second World Cup ???
A second referendum is a way to bypass democracy and give the losers another chance to get their own way. The damage this will do to UKs citizens faith in politics and democracy is unfathomable. and that will include both leavers and remainers.
Archibald Findri
Death to Brexit!
زمزمه بهشتی
This was really good.
There can t be 2 democracies, winner take all or democracy is dead.
Sean M
I want to keep voting ...until I win.
alec cap
The British public voted out not the corrupt MP's that only think of lining their pockets. What we're expect is to be stabbed in the back once again by our own government they these idiots wonder why people have given up. So, how about the best of 3 referendum and if these traitors are not happy then there's the best out of 5 eh
John Morton-Hicks
I would like to see a new referendum but a chance to repair a relationship with Brussels is unlikely.
I think we have dug Britain into isolation and possibly a breakup of the UK.

But I would back an ardent attempt to stay in the block because the future looks tricky with the leadership the country has.
Adamantium Scorpion
Yes, keep having a referendum, and another referendum, and referendum, after referendum until the remain side "Wins." That's the plan right?! Brexit MEANS BREXIT! Get out so the EU can't keep flooding Europe with musilm invaders!
John Morton-Hicks
The British people are now aware of the disruption and uncertainties Brexit will create. They should be asked that now they know more, is it worth the disorder and doubts.
It seems to me that misinformation - probably unintentional – but nevertheless urged the 17% of the 100% to vote ‘Leave’.

I have had a lot of contacts in the EU Commission and Parliament and the ones I have met have been committed to making Europe the best it can be.

Brexiteers say that the governance of the EU is by unelected bureaucrats. To put people right on this, I say with certainty, that all the decisions are made by the elected European Parliament. Farage, who launched this Leave says that if we get an extension to article 50 he will stand to be voted as an MEP – Has he changed his mind too?

I am 80 and the last days of my life seem will be traumatic like the rest of the people who fought to free Europe and assured its peace for the longest in history.

My wish is that we stay as an influential partner in the EU to unite defence against rising dangers Russia and China. I think that Russia is not stupid. They know that the next war will end in Nuclear destruction of enormous proportion to their country too. I would try to coax Russia to join us and together we will raise living standards of its people and have a seat in the European Parliament. More is achieved in peace than war. Look at China’s growth.
Dean Beck
Yes right just keep voteing until you totally kill democracy. As we have already voted respect that vote first . Or did you want to play best out of three. And tuck up the country in the mean time
Luqman -
The best Brexit option is to leave without a deal with a two or three year transition. Trade negotiations can begin as a parliamentary negotiation with the EU not just majority party. However, does that mean the UK holding an EU election? Then all the EU cruelty to Mrs dis-May was right or wrong?
Remember she was frozen out in the corridor while EU leaders were dining like kings on our expense.
Luqman -
A lot of younger people would vote based on emotion or would they?
And if we don't like the result let's make it best out of three, or perhaps five......any odd number will do infinitum! And we still delude ourselves we are living in a democracy.
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Brexit Explained How 2nd referendum could work - Brexit 6 months ago   11:27

On June 23rd, 2016, an entire country headed into the unknown when 17.4 million people in the United Kingdom voted to become the first country to leave the European Union. This is the story of Brexit.

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On June 23rd, 2016, an entire country headed into the unknown. That’s the day 17.4 million people in the United Kingdom voted to become the first country to leave the European Union.

This is the story of Brexit.

We begin 60 years ago. After World Wars I and II had brought unprecedented death and destruction to the continent, a simple theory gained traction: if countries form stronger economic ties, they’ll be much less likely to fight each other.

So, in 1957, Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, and West Germany signed the Treaty of Rome and formed the European Economic Community.

The UK wasn’t included. It tried to join in 1963 and ‘67, but was blocked by French President Charles de Gaulle. De Gaulle didn’t trust the British and their close allies, the United States, although de Gaulle’s official reason was that the UK’s economy wasn’t compatible with Europe’s.

A few years later, once de Gaulle was out of power, the UK became a member of the EEC in 1973.

But not everyone was sold on the idea. So, just two years after joining, the UK held its first ever national referendum to decide whether it should turn around and leave. The vote wasn’t close, 67% of the electorate chose to stay.

In the years since, the EEC has become known as the European Union, expanded to 28 member states, and enacted countless laws and reforms that have created a thriving political and economic zone with 500 million citizens.

In many ways it was designed to mirror the world’s most successful federal republic: the United States. Just like the American colonies had done two centuries earlier, the individual countries of Europe decided they’d be better off - economically, geopolitically - if they formed a unified group. It was a good decision.

For proof, look no further than the year-by-year, per-person GDP rate, which has skyrocketed across the entire euro-zone. Germany, the UK, and France, the EU’s biggest economies and the 4th, 5th, and 6th largest individual economies in the world, have seen their growth track right along with each other at roughly the rate of the United States. A look at the emerging economies of Brazil, China, and South Africa gives you a better sense of just how closely the Europeans have tracked together. Look at Turkey — who wants desperately to join the union — compared to Portugal, Italy, Greece, and Spain the four EU countries most affected by the global downturn at the end of the previous decade, and you see more evidence of the power of the EU in driving growth.

As it has became more and more integrated — as its members chose to give up more and more of their sovereignty — the UK kept negotiating ways to stay independent from key aspects of the union. It didn’t join the open border that the rest of the EU created in 1995 to create completely free movement within the union, and it chose to keep the British pound as its currency instead of adopting the Euro.

But the development that made the UK’s eventual exit most likely was the adoption of the Lisbon Treaty in 2009. Not only did it make the EU’s central institutions more efficient and more powerful, but — for the first time — it gave its members an official mechanism to leave, called Article 50.

At around the same time, the world was hit by a severe recession. Greece, whose public debt was far higher than most other EU members, was worse off. Its fellow union members forced it to implement severe spending cutbacks in exchange for money it needed to stabilize its economy.

This was followed by a migrant crisis, as millions of refugees fled war-torn countries across the Middle East and North Africa.

As immigration rates rose across Europe, the preferred destination was one of the big three economies: Germany, the UK, or France...