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The will of the people modified

November 1, 2018 12:53 PM
By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

Dear Sir,

I am dismayed that Cheshire East Council, at its recent meeting, voted against supporting a People's Vote on whatever deal the Government comes up with, with the option of remaining in the EU.

I suspect that this, at least in part, reflects the commonly held myth that the referendum last June was binding and there is no need to revisit this decision.

There is a huge amount of confusion about the simple term, "the will of the people" as used by those pursuing an ideological exit from the EU.

The people were not clairvoyant and could only vote on the information available to them at the time.

This has been shown to be erroneous, quite apart from the irregularities in the process that in themselves suggest that the result is unsafe.

It is a travesty of our proud democracy to use this phrase as an excuse for pursuing a Brexit regardless of where it might lead and of its consequences.

The will of the people is only relevant when the people are well informed of the choice and implications of the decision in front of them.

The people should be able to reconsider their decision in the light of the new information that has come to light and, if necessary, reverse their original one.

The use of this term by Brexiteers is scandalous and shows a callous disregard for the principles of representative democracy.

Yours faithfully,