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In response to the decisions by the House of Commons this week, part of the PM’s response was to argue that if MPs aren’t careful, there could be a second referendum, and Brexit could be lost.  I wouldn’t use the word ‘lost’, but her point is essentially sound, and is a clear recognition by her that opinions might well have changed to the point where the result of a new referendum on a specific proposal might be different.

On the other hand, she has now twice presented what is effectively the same proposal to MPs and seems determined to present it at least once more.  The only valid reason for re-presenting the same proposal on multiple occasions can be that she believes that a sufficient number of MPs might have changed their minds to lead to a different outcome.  And she might even be right on that as well, although it currently appears unlikely.

In effect, therefore, the argument is that ‘democracy’ demands that:

  • The public can’t have another vote, albeit on a different proposal, because they might have changed their minds
  • MPs must have another vote on the same proposal because they might have changed their minds

It’s a strange world we live in.