Tony Blair’s former chief of staff told the BBC tonight that there should be another referendum before Britain is allowed to leave the EU, an immediate sign that the political class will try to sabotage the Brexit vote.
— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) June 24, 2016
Appearing on BBC Newsnight, Jonathan Powell, who currently serves as the UK’s special envoy to Libya, argued that Brits should be made to vote on leaving the EU again despite the ‘Vote Leave’ campaign already winning yesterday’s referendum.
This would also allow an opposition party like Labour the chance to run in a general election on a platform that promised to cancel Britain’s exit from the European Union before it happened.
I predicted there would almost immediately be an effort to sabotage the democratic will of the British people in the following video posted earlier today.
“They’ll either try to offer Britain a “new deal” to stay in the EU, or just make us vote in another referendum until they get the result they want,” I remarked.
This is almost precisely what Powell is proposing when he asserts that the next leader of the Conservative Party or whoever wins a general election should make a new negotiation with the EU and then make Brits vote again, even though they have already vehemently rejected the European Union.
“Remember, the Irish have done that twice this century – they voted against the treaty, had a second vote, and voted for it,” said Powell.
Powell is referring to when the Irish rejected the Treaty of Lisbon in 2008, before the European Council changed the terms of the agreement and Irish citizens were made to vote again, this time approving the Treaty.
Beware of this. They may demand another vote and then accuse Brexiteers of being "anti-democratic" for saying no. pic.twitter.com/6xJD5PzMsG
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) June 24, 2016
This is a process that the anti-Democratic EU and compliant national governments have overseen time and time again – simply force the people to keep voting until you get the result you want.
Hundreds of thousands of leftists have also signed petitions set to be debated by parliament that call for a second referendum.
Powell said that a second referendum was unlikely but that it would be an option once “people realize quite how ghastly the alternatives are.”
Powell’s comments are reprehensible and fundamentally anti-democratic, but this will be an ongoing narrative as the political establishment attempts to rescue victory from the jaws of defeat.
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