A Second Brexit Referendum: A Scenario for Staying in the EU
Given the very poor legitimacy of the British UK referendum in 2016 and the rather modest prospects for a successful Global Britain approach, Welfens argues that there are clear arguments for a second referendum in early 2019. Without such a referendum (and an accompanying professional government information policy), one can only guess what the majority of people in the UK would want with respect to the issue of British EU membership. While acknowledging that a second referendum carries some political stability risk, taking the historical step to leave the EU without asking the people would undermine democracy and confidence in both the UK and a Europe which also needs to reform if it is to remain an attractive option.
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