Frequently Asked Questions
After the March for a People’s vote on June 23rd 2018
Q1 How can you claim to be democratic when there was a vote and you lost it.
A The 2016 vote gave a majority on the day and a mandate to trigger the Article 50 letter and start negotiations to Leave. It did not commit the UK to go through with Brexit.
Q2 But the British people decided and there is no room for a second vote
A The vote would be a third Vote, the first being in 1975, and there is no constitutional reason stopping a further referendum. The rules allow any vote parliament decides.
Q3 2016 was an unprecedented National Vote with a clear majority and even if another is possible, you only want a vote as Remainers cannot accept they lost.
A The first vote in 1975 led to clear statements that the losing side could campaign to change the result. Leave did this to secure the 2016 vote. What we want are the same rights as Leave had after they lost in 1975 – the right to change the result.
Q4 This was a Once in A Generation (OIAG) vote – if another vote can technically happen, it cannot happen for years.
A There is no legal or constitutional meaning to OIAG. When the Scots realised they had voted to Remain, the SNP called for a second independence referendum. May refused, but not on the ground they had to wait for a generation. She said they could have one once Brexit was sorted – which is not going to take 25 years.
Q5 But you are calling for a Neverendum. A decision has to be made by March 29th when the Article 50 letter deadline runs out.
A A vote before March 29th would be decisive and the outcome – if Leave won triggers the UK Leaving. A second Leave vote would put the UK outside the EU and so there cannot be any further delay to leaving. This would be a best of three vote.
Q6 But the People’s vote is only a vote on the Deal. The Prime Minister has said if parliament does not approve the Deal she will use Crown Prerogative to go for a No Deal solution – not a vote.
A Some Remainers do only want a vote on the Deal, others like this site want a vote on the big issue of whether to go ahead with Brexit anyway. If the PM ignored a vote in parliament that would provoke a constitutional crisis.
Q6 Politicians have accepted that the vote will be a meaningful vote on only two options – the Deal or No Deal. There is no room for a vote on Brexit, the government will not allow it.
A The Labour Party and other parties outside the government have not accepted this. Labour has its six tests and if the Deal being negotiated under Article 50 does not meet them, it will have to vote against. If parliament votes against the deal, the Prime Minister has a choice to make.
Q7 Article 50 stops you having a vote whatever you say. The letter cannot be withdrawn
A Lord Kerr said last November the letter can be withdrawn if (a) parliament votes to do this (b) the 27 EU countries agree it can be withdrawn or suspended. Government has never denied what he said.