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What's so wrong with a majority of MP's from various parties who believe Brexit will be  a disaster voting down a government they believe is pursuing a very poor  deal or no deal Brexit? Is that not what "British" democracy in a Sovereign parliament is all about? Referendums, on the other hand, in the UK as a whole are a rarely used advisory device to try and overcome divisions within whatever party is currently in power.

I know Brits like to ridicule the Irish for having two referenda on a similar issue if the first result is very divisive, but what makes the second result any less valid than the first? We changed our minds on a couple of EU Treaties when apathy and a lot of misinformation led to very low polls the first time around and those results were over-turned in much higher turn-out polls subsequently.

We also changed our minds on Abortion between 1983 and 2018. What's so wrong with that? Electorates regularly change their minds on issues or voting preferences. Is that not the essence of a vibrant democracy? So I don't get this totally fatalistic acceptance of a result (which will have severe and long lasting consequences) as if it can never be changed.

I also get it that not many people have changed their minds. However the turn-out in a second referendum could be completely different, a lot more facts will be in evidence when people come to vote, and people will be voting for or against a very specific deal rather than on a very vaguely defined and poorly understood proposition.

Frankly, I think Corbyn has run out of excuses if he ever had any.

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