The true mean­ing of democ­racy

Bath Chronicle - - OPINION -

It has be­come in­creas­ingly clear that the govern­ment had no plans in place for Brexit, and that ne­go­ti­a­tions are go­ing badly. A no-deal exit would be dis­as­trous. When peo­ple voted by a wafer-thin ma­jor­ity to leave the EU, we had no guid­ance as to whether they wanted a soft or hard Brexit, but now we may get su­per-hard. I know sev­eral peo­ple who have changed their mind and now wish they had voted to re­main, rather than leave. In­deed opin­ion polls show a clear ma­jor­ity against leav­ing now. Thus it is crazy for Peter Burns (Let­ters, Septem­ber 6) to sug­gest that we should not have a sec­ond vote to ap­prove what­ever deal is, or is not, agreed. If peo­ple re­ally be­lieve it is un­demo­cratic to have a sec­ond vote, per­haps they would like to have Theresa May’s Con­ser­va­tive Govern­ment for ever – what a thought! No let us give peo­ple the chance to express their views. That is what democ­racy is about.

Chris Chat­field

Par­tis Way Bath

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