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  • Location Rostock
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  • Interests History, Politics, Reading, Travel, Walking, Sailing, Squash
  1. Brexit: The fallout

    Kiplette,   Thank you for your response.   I must disagree with you reference changing the status quo on a close vote. No vote was held prior to the UK joining the EEC, although a confirmation vote was held later. Several EEC/ EU votes have been very close over the years and treaties implemented on the simple majority basis of those votes. For example, the 1992 Maastricht Treaty was implemented by France based on 51% in favour, and by Denmark on the second attempt, after it was firstly rejected, by just under 57%. Many governments, including in the UK, decided not to offer their citizens a say. One can only speculate why, however, this was an example of a fundamental change in which a majority was not required as the people weren’t consulted. A little later Sweden joined the EU based on a 1994 vote of just over 52% in favour.  If you believe a significant proportion is required in favour of changing the status quo, perhaps 66%, then it is likely several treaties would not have been accepted including Maastricht, Amsterdam and Nice. Additionally, several countries would not have met the target and would not be EU member states. I also do not recall many referendums held about joining the Euro, a fundamental change, and of the 2 that were held both would have failed based on the closeness of the result.  
  2. Brexit: The fallout

    The 2016 EU referendum was indeed legally non-binding, that’s normal for the rare occasions the UK holds referendums. It did, however, indicate to the government the view of the electorate.  The General Election of 2017 confirmed that view with the Conservatives winning the most seats, although not a majority. After over 2 years of parliament blocking legislation the public were asked once again in the 2019 General Election, and the only main party with a manifesto commitment to leave won a large majority. The pro-EU Lib Dems with their Revoke and Remain policy (and catchy slogan) only won 11 seats and lost their leader. The Labour Party with their convoluted Remain policy suffered a catastrophic defeat. The Conservatives won 365 seats, a historically large majority, and a mandate to leave the EU. Whatever one's view of the merits of EU membership, we have to accept the democratic decision to leave.
  3. Squash

    Any squash players in Rostock? 
  4. Hi, are you still in Rostock?