Government response to referendum on deal.

I signed a petition for a referendum on the deal the gov gets with the EU and I’ve just received the response. I’m going to think about this for a day or so but I thought I’d copy it here.

On 23 June 2016 the British people voted to leave the European Union. The UK Government is clear that it is now its duty to implement the will of the people and so there will be no second referendum.

The decision to hold the referendum was supported by a clear majority in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. On 23 June 2016 the British people voted to leave the European Union. The referendum was the largest democratic mandate in UK political history. In the 2017 General Election more than 85% of people voted for parties committed to respecting that result.

There must be no attempts to remain inside the European Union, no attempts to rejoin it through the back door, and no second referendum.

Democracy is a one-off – you get one chance and if you change your mind – tough.

The country voted to leave the European Union, and it is the duty of the Government to make sure we do just that. Rather than second guess the British people’s decision to leave the European Union, the challenge now is to make a success of it – not just for those who voted leave but for every citizen of the United Kingdom, bringing together everyone in a balanced approach which respects the decision to leave the political structure of the EU but builds a strong relationship between Britain and the EU as neighbours, allies and partners.

‘Rather than second guess’ – what exactly does that mean? There was no question about the single market, no question about the customs union, no question about the European Court of Justice, no question about immigration or any one of a number of important questions on the ballot paper – it just said should we be in the EU or not – the government is doing exactly what it says it won’t, second-guessing.

Parliament passed an Act of Parliament with a clear majority giving the Prime Minister the power to trigger Article 50, which she did on 29 March in a letter to the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk. As a matter of firm policy, our notification will not be withdrawn – for the simple reason that people voted to leave, and the Government is determined to see through that instruction.

Although now they acknowledge that they triggered Article 50 without a clue what they wanted and are asking for a transition period

Both Houses of Parliament will have the opportunity to vote on the final agreement reached with the EU before it is concluded. This will be a meaningful vote which will give MPs the choice to either accept the final agreement or leave the EU with no agreement.

A meaningful vote – take it or jump over the cliff.

The people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, but we are not leaving Europe. We want a deep and special partnership with the EU. We aim to get the right deal abroad and the right deal for people here at home. We will deliver a country that is stronger, fairer, more united and more outward-looking than ever before.

Department for Exiting the European Union

I am ashamed that my government could publish such a document as an answer to 100,000 people in this country who are concerned for our future.


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