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Friday, July 1, 2016



As everyone knows, Europe is engulfed in a rage of BREXIT panic. Folks on the continent are clamoring: How could the UK do this to us? Anti-England anger has reached unprecedented levels, rekindling centuries-old hate between nations. Which leaves many in Britain asking themselves: Did we make a mistake? Well, we here at the DUNER BLOG have come up with three ways Brits can, in fact, reverse the unpopular BREXIT vote:

#1. Ignore the outcome. Merriam-Webster defines 'Referendum' as a "public vote on a particular issue." Nowhere does it say a referendum is legally binding...it is merely a barometer of public opinion on a specific matter. While Britain prides itself on its democratic backbone...in reality...it is a unitary parliamentary system. Figure in the fact that most members of Parliament opposed leaving, particularly those in the House of Commons. So what if 17.4 million people voted to leave the EU? At the end of the day, elected officials make the final decision.  

#2. Scotland Veto. Back in April...months before the public vote...the House of Lords passed a resolution. It stated that any exit from the EU could only occur if it were approved by the legislatures of Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. While the Welsh and Northern Irish supported leaving, the Scots were overwhelmingly in favor of staying. Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's First Minister, has hinted her government could withhold consent. This would spark a nationwide constitutional crisis...and most importantly...delay any EU exit.

#3. Another Referendum. It's not unheard of to have another vote to reverse the actions of a previous one. Decades ago, Danish voters originally voted not to join the EU. A tidal-wave of anguish and regret swallowed the tiny state. Fearful of a financial collapse, eleven months later, a new vote was held nationwide. Danes overwhelmingly sided on joining the EU. Could British voters do the same? Online petitions demanding such action have garnered 4.2 million signatures...and counting! However, pollsters show that...overall...there is little change in attitude. A new vote would likely result in the same: But who knows for sure?

What we do know for sure is that Europe is a mess right now. As daily readers of British and German tabloids, it is obvious that some serious fearmongering is taking place. (The Migrants are coming for your job and your wife!) We think it is time for some deeper thought and a change of heart. Are you reading, David Cameron??

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