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The Brexit deficit

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The issue of control, as a I wrote in yesterday’s email, is of paramount importance to the chances of there being a People’s Vote. It is a point reiterated in the editorial of Progress magazine’s November issue, online today. 

Theresa May lacks a mandate for any particular kind of Brexit. It was not made clear in the initial referendum, the public refused to back her in last year’s general election, and no parliamentary majority exists for any specific type of exit. It is within this that the seeds of the argument lie: Brexit suffers a democratic deficit.

Couple this with the reality that control cannot simply be ‘taken back’ by Britain – the trade-off for economic security is likely to be sovereignty – and a larger problem around Brexit emerges.

This is an argument that could play well with ‘Leavers’, as it strikes to the core of the 2016 campaign. As yet, though, there is no sign of it happening. As Gloria De Piero explains in our interview with her, the question she is most often asked is still: ‘Have we not left yet?’

-Conor Pope, deputy editor


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