Brexit will leave country divided
DEAR Editor, Many of the 17.4 million Brexiteers seem to be getting very jittery over the slow progress of Brexit negotiations. Don’t forget that there are 16.1 million remainers whose voices also must be heard. Britain’s relationship with the European Union is very complex and has become enmeshed in Britain’s DNA.
The reality of British politics is that while it took centuries for the state to be separated from the crown, it is now long overdue for a written constitution to be drafted, processed through parliament and finally ratified by the people.
It was the completion of universal suffrage in 1928 with votes for women, which finally sealed the fate of the monarchy and the birth of a truly representative democracy.
It is now the responsibility of representative politicians to have a constitution drafted, which should include rules for the conduct of referendums. We don’t want any more lying, cheating politicians. We want natural voting systems put in place, with an alternative vote, a first past the post ranking preferential system for all elections. Otherwise outcomes are disproportionate.