david63 wrote: ↑
Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:38 am
Yes people can change their minds but that applies to everything in politics - we (normally) elect a parliament for five years and have to live with the consequences of that decision so, arguably, if there was to be another referendum it should be five years after the first one.
I'm not familiar enough with the UK system but generally parliament is the watchdog over the government and has an obligation in legislation (making the laws), representation (acting on behalf of voters and citizens
), scrutiny (examining the government), and government formation.
The part I marked in red leaves an opening to question actions by the government which may be contrary to "current" public opinion. In this sense the House of Commons is doing exactly what it should do and IIAC it can revoke the result of a referendum if it has grounds to consider it outdated.
Again, I wouldn't bet anything on my interpretation being correct (certainly not when it comes to foreign legislation) but Brexit is serious business and the consequences are immense so my opinion (I call it common sense) is that the current situation provides enough validation to seriously question the path the government is (blindly) following.
Added at 15:22 (14:22 UK time)
OMG: 2 and a half years ago, I was under the impression that the referendum wasn't legally binding but purely informative (as referendums usually are). Later on (don't know exactly when, nor by whom) I was told that the referendum was
legally binding, and even though I doubted it, I blindly accepted that as fact.
Just now had a phone conversation with a UK acquaintance and pointed her to this discussion and she told me that the referendum is not legally binding. So I searched but unfortunately can't find any UK legal information. I did find a Wikipedia Wikipedia page
page which, although not from a legally binding source, is probably as good as it gets (quite an interesting read actually).