The idea that there was going to be a second #Brexit referendum was, frankly, rather silly. “Leave” carried 52% of the vote. That’s as much as Barack Obama carried in both 2008 and 2012. It’s more than George W. Bush carried in either 2004 or especially 2000. It’s substantially more than Bill Clinton carried in 1996 and nearly ten points more than he carried in 1992. You have to go back almost three decades to find a US president who carried more than 52% of the vote. That was George H.W. Bush in 1988 – the year my wife was born.
That’s right – in her lifetime, my wife has seen one US president carry a higher percentage of the vote than Brexit did.
On top of that, the turnout was close to 75%, which is radically higher than any US presidential election in my lifetime.
In other words, if the Brexit vote were deemed invalid then there would basically be no reason to have any elections at all, ever. We’ve never once invalidated a presidential election. We didn’t decide that the result was too narrow for it to count. We didn’t call a “do over” because we believed people might change their minds the next day. And believe me – an awful lot of folks would like to invalidate many of those elections.
Nevertheless, this is how democracy works.
Today there’s confirmation: there will not be a second referendum.
The Government has rejected a call for a second referendum on European Union membership in a petition that was signed by more than 4.1 million people following the Brexit vote.
It was the most-signed Government petition since the process was introduced in 2011.
However in an official reply, the Foreign Office said 33 million people had had their say and “the decision must be respected”.
Folks like Mark Kern have done in demonstrating that a large number of those 4.1 million petitioners aren’t even British. Yet even if that weren’t the case, 4.1 million doesn’t compare to the 17.4 million who already voted to leave.
The voters have had their say, and they said “leave.”
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