Several recent Star letters have sharply criticised anyone suggesting that the British people should have a say on the terms reached for the UK leaving the EU.
Given the assertions made by the Leave campaign that we shall be able to trade with the EU Single Market on exactly the same terms as if we were still a full member, without obeying the rules or paying into the system – including the claim (untrue) that we pay £350 million a week to the EU which will be spent on the NHS – we do need to know if these turn out to be true.
If in fact the negotiations produce a very different scenario, it seems logical that either the electorate as a whole, or Parliament, should vote on whether the final terms for Brexit are what people voted for by 51.9% to 48.1% on June 23.
It should also be noted that the legislation to hold the referendum specifically stated that it was “advisory”, so given the narrowness of the vote, it is important that any settlement should be very carefully scrutinised before the final decision is made. I cannot imagine that, had the vote been reversed, Nigel Farage and the Tory Eurosceptics would have accepted it as final and that a once-and-for-all decision had been made to remain within the EU.
They would continue to campaign to leave, as is their democratic right.
Equally it is the democratic right of those of us who support our membership of the EU to campaign to ensure that we do not leave on a false prospectus, and many parts of the country, including South Yorkshire, will not find themselves much poorer as a result.
Northfield Court, S10