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Should there be another EU referendum?

The Duel

Jolyon Maugham YES

Toby Young NO

YES Democracy is a living thing. Power comes from the people and exists for the people. The decision to “Leave” is what the people wanted—then. But what if the people change their minds? What if we see in the opinion polls sustained support to “Remain” above 60 per cent? Who is to say the people must be ignored? That although they must be heard then, they must be ignored now? And where does the power to say any of this come from?

Delivering last year’s referendum could betray the people. In a YouGov survey last year, only 11 per cent of “Leave” voters said they believed Brexit would make them worse off. They believed what they were told by the “Leave” campaign—that the warnings were “Project Fear.” What happens to our democracy if those voters come to believe that they were lied to? They will feel betrayed, and they will rightly be angry.

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In Prospect’s October issue: Andrew Adonis, Steve Richards, Gaby Hinsliff, Rachel Sylvester and Jennifer Williams look at the idea that leadership is the only thing that matters when it comes to elections. Adonis leads the cover package arguing exactly that point and outlining his ratings of the leaders who have competed every election in the UK and the United States since 1944—Richards offers a rebuttal. Hinsliff, Sylvester and Williams profile three potential leaders in waiting—Amber Rudd, Jo Swinson and Angela Rayner. Elsewhere in the issue we map out the potential road the UK might travel down to stay in the European Union and explore the relationship between UN Secretary General António Guterres and Donald Trump as the two prepare to meet at the UN. Also in this issue: Philip Collins on the similarities between Britain’s Brexiteers and the Gaullists of yesteryear, John Bercow explains how parliament could function better and our “View from” comes from Nairobi, where the recent election result has been annulled.
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