Ever since the referendum for the UK to leave Europe was confirmed last month, there have been rumours flying around questioning whether we’ll have a second vote.
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However, it looks like government has just put the entire thing to bed by confirming that we won’t have another, despite the petition in favour of a second vote gaining over 4 million signatures.
Parliament must consider all petitions that gain 100,000 or more signatures, and although the decision has yet to consider the signal for a debate, the Foreign Office sent an email on Friday evening to all the people who had signed for a second referendum, which noted how 33 million people had already had their say. They also pointed out that the European Union Referendum Act did not involve any rules about minimum or maximum turnout.
The email said:
The act was scrutinised and debated in parliament during its passage and agreed by both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The act set out the terms under which the referendum would take place, including provisions for setting the date, franchise and the question that would appear on the ballot paper. The act did not set a threshold for the result or for minimum turnout.
The prime minister and government have been clear that this was a once in a generation vote and, as the prime minister has said, the decision must be respected. We must now prepare for the process to exit the EU and the government is committed to ensuring the best possible outcome for the British people in the negotiations.
So there you have it. Looks like that’s it – the UK has left the EU and there’s nothing that over 4 million people can do about it. So what now? Well, we could sit there and bite our nails over the fact that this psychopath might be the person we’ve employed to sort out decade’s worth of complicated EU negotiations (a worrying thought indeed) or we could just move on and let the idiots in Parliament get on with it. It’s not ideal to do either, but clearly there’s not a lot we can do about Brexit anymore so I guess it’s probably good if we just get on with our lives.
Or we could vote for Stormzy to be PM. Actually yeah, let’s go with that option.