mr bajokoses wrote: ... Yes, and crucially whatever the result, it still needs a functioning government and parliament to enact it.
But that seems to be self-contradicting in that we have a representative democracy ie we elect MP's to make decisions on our behalf. In the event of a decision to leave, rather than carry on as before AKA remain, we'd need to suspend Parliament and somehow select a government - more likely governor - to enact the "Will of the People" as expressed in the referendum. Straight back to the problem of "Leave" meaning so many different things.
Exactly. There is a massive risk that another referendum would subvert parliament and prolong the impasse. We could see MPs resigning in large numbers and who would take their place? It hardly bears thinking about.
It's little discussed, but the 2017 GE really diluted the mandate for brexit. Eg in Bury North where I live, leave took the referendum with 54% but the brexit supporting Tory MP was decisively booted out in 2017. The often heard claim that 84% of voters backed brexit by voting Tory or Labour in 2017 is completely bogus.
IMO the position we are in now requires parliament to take the very tough decision to revoke article 50 and follow up with a debate about electoral reform to break up the two main parties.
Maybe this will be forced on them, if the EU turns down our request for an extension as we haven't a clue what we want it for.