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Was the Brexit referendum legitimate, and would a second one be so?

Bellamy, R; (2019) Was the Brexit referendum legitimate, and would a second one be so? European Political Science , 18 (1) pp. 126-133. 10.1057/s41304-018-0155-x. Green open access

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Abstract

This article suggests that common arguments questioning the legitimacy of the first Brexit referendum prove flawed, as do certain others supporting the legitimacy of a second referendum. A different case for a second referendum is offered that would have added to the legitimacy of the first, but the opportunity for which has now passed. Nevertheless, it might be legitimate to overturn the first referendum through a normal parliamentary process should there be a significant level of Bremorse among the public, or a general election supporting a change of policy.

Type: Article
Title: Was the Brexit referendum legitimate, and would a second one be so?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1057/s41304-018-0155-x
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1057/s41304-018-0155-x
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Brexit, Constitutionalism, Democracy, Legitimacy, Referenda
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10049879
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