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PostA Second Brexit Referendum? (John Heelan, UK, 05/22/19 4:09 am)
Eugenio Battaglia (May 21st) asked about the possibility of a second Brexit referendum.
This is the last roll of Theresa May's Brexit dice. Indications so far from the MPs is that it is likely to fail, not least because there is not enough time left to organise a second referendum (22 weeks) before the UK leaves the EU.
Further, Northern Ireland and Scottish political parties (as well as Labour) have indicated that they would vote against the PM's new plan. (Some of us think that any second referendum should include the question of whether Scotland and Northern Ireland should be ejected from the UK, given that appears to be their underlying wish.) Both main political parties are expecting to lose political influence to Brexiteers in the EU parliamentary elections tomorrow (May 23rd). (As to Britons becoming the laughing stock of Europe, Eugenio might recall that there were allegations during WWII that the Italian Army had been issued with running shoes.)
One wonders who are the real movers and shakers in today's politics, given that influences of both capitalism and communism ideologies can be detected in the so-called democracies of the the EU, the United States, the UK--and Italy?
JE comments: Two questions: has there ever been a case of a nation-state "ejecting" one of its regions? And why is the UK going through with the bother and expense of EU elections?
(As for the "laughing stock" nations, the epithet has applied to nearly every country, although some more than others. We Americans are certainly not immune. Might this be an interesting topic for further discussion?)