After this week’s session, we had a think about alternatives to Brexit and we decided to do some research. Many people do not seem to be happy with the idea of leaving the EU, and with the UK’s exit looming ever closer, the government need to act now if they are going to change the outcome.
Our research indicated the following options:
Our initial thought when we realised that this was an option was a mixture of shock and happiness. If there is an option available to just cancel the whole thing, why are the government not taking it straight away! The article on the BBC suggested that Article 50 can be revoked at any time without having to get agreement from any other country in the EU. However, when we thought about it a bit more, we realised that this would go against democracy and that might explain the government’s reluctance. 17.4 million people voted to leave the EU, so disregarding their votes would be completely immoral.
The Queen gets involved
I think this is a very unlikely scenario and isn’t supposed to happen as the Queen never gets involved with politics. However, if Theresa May gets a vote of no confidence, the Queen is the only person who will be able to invite somebody new to form a government and become prime minister. If this new leader is against Brexit, they might choose to call a new referendum or cancel it completely.
A Citizen’s Assembly
We had to look up what this meant.
A citizens’ assembly is a group of people who are brought together to discuss an issue or issues, and reach a conclusion about what they think should happen. The people who take part are chosen so they reflect the wider population – in terms of demographics (e.g. age, gender, ethnicity, social class) and sometimes relevant attitudes (e.g. preferences for a small or large state).
We think a citizen’s assembly sounds like a great idea as it will give a wider group of people the opportunity to share their ideas.
But what would the question be? A direct "Remain or Leave" re-run? Leave with a deal or no-deal? Or a combination of the two, with potentially three questions? And wouldn’t just be repeating the decision already made?
It’s a hard thing to think about, because people have already voted and made their decisions. Is it right to push people to essentially change their minds? Doesn’t this counter the whole idea of allowing people to share their ideas within a democracy?
What do you think? What would be the best way to break the Brexit deadlock?