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Brexit and Mob Rule

UK and EU politicians should ignore the Brexit referendum for what it is – a non-binding expression of opinion at a point in time.

Cooler, wiser, heads should prevail. Representative democracy has two words for a reason. We expect elected representatives and the institutions of government to provide stability in the face of the whims of the day and the emotions of the mob.

That is not to say politicians should ignore the results. There is discontent. However the hammer of Brexit is not the only tool in the chest. It is the only policy tool to reach the voters, many of whom cast votes of protest, knowing that Brexit is a singularly bone-headed, impractical and dangerous solution. Many will have voted Leave, anticipating it could never happen.

The UK should not trigger article 50. The EU should not force the issue. As one diplomat put it, “If they treat their referendum as a non-event, we will also treat their referendum as a non-event.”

That is the wiser course of action.

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