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Old 02-20-2019, 11:19 AM
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From what I can tell (and certainly open to correction), Cameron decided to hold the referendum to squash the Euro-sceptics in his own party and didn't think it would pass. In other words, no thought put into what happens if the dog catches the car.

A better option would have been to say from the start that there would be a second referendum, once a deal had been reached, to see if the people approved that deal.

That's the approach taken in many countries and US states for constitutional amendments: that you have two votes, separated by time, because it can be such a momentous decision.

That's not undemocratic, but simply acknowledging that major decisions should be made only after all possible information is available to the voters.
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