Brexit will leave coun­try di­vided

Birmingham Post - - BIRMINGHAM POST BUSINESS AWARDS 2017 -

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.

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