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Roche mistaken in fact

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Cyprus Today Letters

Roche mistaken in fact

  • 08.01.2019

Julian Saurin
Kalkanlı, Güzelyurt
 

I was glad to read Tom Roche’s promise that “This will be my last word on Brexit, honest . . .” (Cyprus Today, December 15) though the caveat which followed allows him to change his mind — an option he’d deny to the millions of UK voters who have changed their views about Brexit since the 2016 consultative referendum.

To conclude that the referendum result gave Brexit as the “will of the people”, is not only an antidemocratic crude (and divisive) majoritarianism, but is also a denial of British parliamentary sovereignty.

Indeed, in correspondence between Attlee and Churchill in 1945, referendums were referred to as “a device so alien to all of our traditions as the referendum, which has only too often been the instrument of Nazism and Fascism”.

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