Whilst this might be considered a ‘Tongue in Cheek’ blog – anything seems possible at the moment.
On the table, at present, we have: demands for a people’s vote or second referendum; conversely there are those who insist that the people have already spoken and a second vote would fly in the face of democracy. There are others who say a second vote should only be made on any final Brexit Deal – if there is one.
The Labour Party are in favour of a general election. Why not add a ‘Preliminary Question Vote’, to determine whether we should actually have a second vote at all, on the ‘in or out’ – ‘stay or leave’ fiasco. Whilst these demands, debates and discussions are taking place the real elephant in the room remains just that.
What does Brexit mean? What will it entail? When will it happen? Will it even happen at all? With so many imponderables a good place to start is with the possible questions for any ballot paper.
The first question is easy: Would you like to have a second vote to decide whether the UK leaves or stays in the EU?
If the answer to this ‘Preliminary Question Vote’ is a majority ‘NO’, then the result of the first vote made in 2016, would seem to be verified. Except that a third vote would then be advisable to confirm that there is definitely no confusion or lingering doubts in the minds of the people.
This vote could pose the question: ‘Can we ask you again? Are you really, truly sure we should leave the EU’?
If the answer to this ‘Preliminary Question Vote’ was a majority ‘YES’, we would then have a third vote, (which would be the second vote on the simple ‘leave or stay’ question):
‘Would you like the UK to leave the EU – YES or NO’.
If the answer to that was a majority ‘NO’ then we would be back to square one; and all pals again with the EU.
If the answer was a majority ‘YES’, a double whammy for Michel Barnier, the EU and all those who were not ‘best pleased’ with the outcome of the first democratic vote in 2016.
Having completed this exercise by 2020, and notwithstanding a change of government; two more years of uncertainty for citizens and businesses across the EU, we would at last be fully informed and familiar with the democratic processes.
We could then start the business of uniting and deciding on the best Brexit deal for the UK – if we were leaving the EU; or we could renegotiate our position in the EU, having suspended Article 50 for the extended period and after being excluded from any internal planning or decision making of the EU during that passage of time.
Perhaps a better solution would be to design a ballot paper, which covers all these scenarios in one ‘Grand Multiple Choice Vote’. Along the lines of:
‘If your answer to Question 1 is NO, please go to Question 3 and then answer Question 5.
If your answer to Question 1is YES, please go to Question 2 and then answer Question 4′.
I’m sure you get the drift. Confused? Join the club!