Stop an unconstitutional and undemocratic second referendum

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23 June 2016 saw the largest ever democratic exercise in our country , in the referendum on our E.U. membership.

It was a hard and divisive process, made on a complex subject with the incomplete information on all sides which, rightly or wrongly, is a part of the imperfect democracy we live in. This is the same for every election in recent times. 

Despite this, the result was a clear and unequivocal instruction to leave, not do a deal; not negotiate and not delay or wait for further information, we said ‘leave the EU’.

Those who voted leave were as intelligent; informed ; passionate and principled as those who voted remain and have no less right to see the decision implemented.

Our democratic system then allowed for a legal challenge which established sovereignty of our parliament in the matter in triggering article 50 in response to the instruction given by the electorate. Parliament then voted overwhelmingly to proceed. This clearly demonstrates that it is ultimately parliaments decision, albeit one instructed by the electorate.

The result is as valid a decision as any general election and although we should always have the right to decide, it would be as much of a nonsense to make the same vote, on the same facts again (facts which remain unchanged), as it would to demand a re-run of any election result because one party made some unproven claim; disputed assessment or wrong prediction.  Our system, rightly, allows for the democratic outcome to be delivered before we review any electoral mandate. 

Democracies work by decisions being made by the electorate, and those decisions then being delivered by its representatives. 

For this reason there MUST NOT be a second referendum.

To do so would:

1. Overturn the now re-established sovereignty of our parliament, establishing referenda as a replacement for representative, parliamentary democracy.

2. Potentially create a range of absurd situations, each of which would lead to further chaos.

3. Disenfranchise those who voted leave and won, with the consequential loss of faith in our democracy.

4. Allow our parliament to entirely abdicate their absolute responsibilities in delivering on the referendum result .

5. Whatever the outcome, our negotiating position with E.U. would be irrevocably damaged.

We the undersigned demand that our parliament deliver on the referendum result, as in their manifesto commitments and the profound obligation they have to us, and in no circumstances allow a second referendum on EU membership .