- Sat May 26, 2018 6:07 pm
Mr. Young's making a few fallacies there...
The Irish referendum yesterday was binding, the UK EU referendum was not.
The Irish referendum result has next to no impact with regards to their country and its international relations. The UK withdrawal from the EU has a sh*tload of impact.
The Irish voted to eliminate a portion of their Constitution that they felt was no longer fit for purpose (that in itself was an amendment). While it could be argued that the 2016 EU referendum result did the same for the 1975 result, there is a strong argument itself that the proposed resolution of the 2016 result is itself becoming increasingly unfit for the UK and that another poll should be called now that voters have clearer info as to the real consequences of leaving the EU.
The Irish electorate is by now used to semi-regular referendums that are demanded for any constitutional change, and school pupils in the state are taught civics to explain it to them. Indeed there is another referendum date coming up in October (two amendments and an advisory vote) and another planned for June next year. In the UK referenda is a rare occurrence due to a different set up in the sovereignty of the country, and civics? Erm...
Finallly, despite the emphatic result for the removal of the 8th amendment in Ireland it is being recognised that future legislation with regards to a widening of abortion availability should take into account the concerns of the 1/3 of voters that voted against removal so that a viable consensus can be reached recognising that the debate and vote has for many been a moral and emotional matter. On the other hand, the UK voted to leave the EU on a narrow majority and what is the response of the victors? "Remoaners, you lost! Get over it! Now fuck off and stop talking Britain down!!!11"
"F*ck business!" - Boris Johnson, on Brexit (2018)
"£250,000 ...it's chicken feed." - Boris Johnson (2009) & Jacob Rees-Mogg (2014)