Det var aldri aktuelt med noen ny folkeavstemning for britene. Alle skjønner hvilket opprør man hadde hatt i vente hvis man hadde forsøkt seg en gang til for å få “riktig svar”. Det spiller ingen rolle at millioner skrev under på underskriftskampanjen om at en ny avstemning måtte holdes. Det er rett og slett “not a done thing” i Storbritannia.
Regjeringen behandlet idag begjæringen og David Cameron kunne offisielt bekrefte at Brexit opprettholdes og at regjeringen vil jobbe for å ‘ensure the best possible outcome for the British people’.
Ikke alle demonstranter er like militante, heldigvis. For mange endte dagens demonstrasjon med en piknik i parken. Både Remoaners og Brexiters deltok – Ah, well, the weather was nice for a change…
Fra den offisielle uttalelsen:
‘The EU Referendum Act received Royal Assent in December 2015. The Act was scrutinised and debated in Parliament during its passage and agreed by both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
‘The Act set out the terms under which the referendum would take place, including provisions for setting the date, franchise and the question that would appear on the ballot paper.
‘The Act did not set a threshold for the result or for minimum turnout.
‘As the Prime Minister made clear in his statement to the House of Commons on June 27, the referendum was one of the biggest democratic exercises in British history with over 33 million people having their say.
‘The Prime Minister and Government have been clear that this was a once in a generation vote and, as the Prime Minister has said, the decision must be respected.
‘We must now prepare for the process to exit the EU and the Government is committed to ensuring the best possible outcome for the British people in the negotiations.’