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A two-stage referendum
04 Feb, 2019

Letter in the New European

The New European  31 January - 6 February 2019 published a letter from London4Europe Committee member Michael Romberg. It commented on a letter in the previous week's TNE that had proposed a two-stage referendum. Michael's letter as published reads:

 

Graeme White (TNE #129) is correct to call for a two-stage  referendum. But asking "Leave or Remain?" as the first question repeats the problems of 2016 where the Leave vote was the sum of incompatible options.
 
Round one should ask people to choose the best Brexit option to go forward as the Brexit champion to the next Round. All Brexit options that have widespread popular support should be in the first round of the 2019 referendum, no matter how unpalatable. That way everyone gets a fair chance at winning - necessary for the country to heal afterwards. 
           
In the end, only one Brexit plan could be implemented. So the final question is: "Shall we follow this one Brexit plan or Remain in the EU?"
 
 
 
 
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