Parliament to debate the 2nd EU Referendum Petition

SOURCE: BBC

After an online petition calling for a 2nd EU referendum which was signed over 4.1 million times, way over the 100,000 debating limit, Parliament have announced that a debate will be held come September 5th.

The petition was originally rejected by the website, saying ‘we must respect the result and prepare for brexit’ Here is a quote from the petitions website:

”As the Prime Minister made clear in his statement to the House of Commons on 27 June, the referendum was one of the biggest democratic exercises in British history with over 33 million people having their say. The Prime Minister and Government have been clear that this was a once in a generation vote and, as the Prime Minister has said, the decision must be respected. We must now prepare for the process to exit the EU and the Government is committed to ensuring the best possible outcome for the British people in the negotiations.”

They have since stated:

”The Petitions Committee has decided to schedule a House of Commons debate on this petition. The debate will take place on 5 September at 4.30pm in Westminster Hall, the second debating chamber of the House of Commons. The debate will be opened by Ian Blackford MP.”

The UK voted to leave the EU by 52% to 48% in the referendum on 23 June.

The petition, set up on 25 May before the referendum, states: “We the undersigned call upon HM Government to implement a rule that if the Remain or Leave vote is less than 60%, based on a turnout of less than 75%, there should be another referendum.”

What’s your view of this referendum petition?

Should there be a 2nd EU Referendum? Should brexit be respected and allowed to process? Will the debate be worthwhile and what will the result of it be?

Comment below your views of the 2nd EU Referendum debate scheduled for September

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Does there have to be a second Referendum?

SOURCE: BBC

The claim is that a referendum lock that was introduced by the coalition government in 2011, means that there will have to be a second referendum before the UK leaves the EU.

However, a BBC article states a reality check into this claim, saying it’s ”far from clear that there’s any legal requirement for a second referendum and, even if there were, the referendum lock could be repealed.”

The BBC state’s:

”The European Union Act 2011, passed by the coalition government, created a so-called “referendum lock”. Its purpose was to create a legal requirement to hold a referendum if any proposal were made to transfer further powers from the UK to the EU.”

”However, because of the way the Act is worded, some people have argued that it could be used to force a second referendum before the UK leaves the EU. It says that any new treaty that amends or replaces one of the existing primary EU treaties should be subject to a referendum before it can be ratified.”

So if it was subsequently the case that the 2011 act had created a requirement for a second referendum, it could be avoided anyway despite this, by simply repealing the act. It would mean having to see both Houses of Parliament agreeing to overturn the existing law. But it wouldn’t necessarily be particularly difficult.

Ultimately, as long as the government and Parliament are still agreeing that the referendum result should be enacted and accepted on behalf of the democratic vote, it’s hard to see any sort of legal obstacle occur that would be insuperable to the referendum result. Ultimately, Parliament makes the laws and has emphasised that its mostly in favour of what the outcome was, a vote to leave the European Union by 3.8%.

What do you make of calls for a 2nd Referendum?

Will it be legally simple to try to get another referendum going? Because its reported that people are regretting their decision to leave, can this sway parliament to think twice about accepting the democratic vote? Will the UK be better off outside the EU eventually?

Comment below YOUR views on the EU Referendum outcome and calls for a 2nd referendum 

Scotland to Veto Brexit? A possible 2nd EU Referendum?

Source: BBCBBC, Daily Mail

Despite the 51.8% of Britain’s who voted to leave the European Union on the 23rd of June, the SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has announced that the SNP government could help to try and veto the decision by the democracy of UK citizens to leave the EU. She announced this in a BBC Sunday Politics Scotland programme.

After Scotland voted mostly in favour to remain in the EU, Ms Sturgeon has said that the people of Scotland have voted, clearly, to continue in membership of the European Union, with its attendant rights and responsibilities. It is her duty, she argues, to attempt to carry out that popular instruction.

What can Nicola Sturgeon do now? The BBC writer Brian Taylor (Scottish Political Editor) say’s ”She has said she will examine all options in consort with the European institutions and others to seek to secure continuing links with the EU for Scotland.”

”One of those options would be a second independence referendum – in order to allow Scotland to join/rejoin the EU in her own right, as a sovereign state.”

”But what about those other options? In particular, what about the suggestion that Ms Sturgeon might encourage the Scottish Parliament to seek to exercise a veto over the implementation of Brexit?”

Is a 2nd referendum possible?

Because the referendum was an Advisory one and not a permanent outcome, some rumor’s of a brexit blocking or a 2nd referendum, although a low chance of it occurring, could happen.

For example, The Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has also announced his parties intentions to keep on fighting for the UK to have EU status. Another helping hand for this is a petition with around 3.6 million signatures on it to trigger a 2nd referendum by UK citizens. The petition quotes:

”We the undersigned call upon HM Government to implement a rule that if the remain or leave vote is less than 60% based a turnout less than 75% there should be another referendum.”

The 100,000 signatures needed for parliamentary debate has been hit, so we should see the petitions committee this week schedule a debate.

The former Labour Prime minister Tony Blair has also announced that a 2nd referendum could also happen. 

Party support, petition support and former prime minister support suggests these rumor’s shouldn’t be taken lightly, as the only thing stopping the UK from a brexit is going against democracy and triggering article 50 which gets a two year brexit process underway. Rejecting democracy from an advisory standpoint can happen although frowned upon, and after recent polls and news suggesting people are already regretting there vote to leave the EU, who knows what could happen.

So what do you think? Will Scotland Veto a Brexit? Will there be a 2nd Referendum? Will you like another chance at voting after witnessing the consequences so far of UK the Brexit vote?

Comment Below YOUR views on the SNP veto, the potential 2nd Referendum and consequences of Brexit so far.