Is Theresa May really in talks about an even-more-divisive THREE-way Brexit referendum?

It’s an unreliable source (Torygraph) but it creates an interesting issue.

With a three-way referendum, the possibility of any choice being supported by more than half of voters becomes remote; it is far more likely that the most popular choice will be that of the largest minority.

We have already seen that the choice of even a small majority (of those who voted) has not been enough for large numbers of the population to accept.

This may worsen the division.

It is certainly no solution to the Brexit dilemma.

Theresa May is in secret discussions over a second Brexit referendum which would give the British public a three-way choice between her deal, no deal and staying in the European Union, according to reports.

The Prime Minister will resume talks with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn today as the leaders look to break the political impasse which has left parliament in flux over Brexit.

As many as two-thirds of Labour MPs, including several shadow cabinet ministers and frontbenchers, have reportedly said they will refuse to back a deal without a confirmatory referendum.

And according to reports in The Daily Telegraph, Mrs May could be willing to concede.

Source: Theresa May in secret talks over three-way second referendum – The London Economic

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7 thoughts on “Is Theresa May really in talks about an even-more-divisive THREE-way Brexit referendum?

  1. Growing Flame

    At least if this happens, it will finally lay to rest the “Voice of the people”, “it’s what the majority of the people voted for” myths perpetrated by Brexit supporters.

    At the Referendum three years ago (Three years!!) 37% of eligible voters opted to Leave, 35% opted to Remain, and 28% abstained. Hardly an overwhelming victory for any position and rather similar to the kind of votes being passed in Parliament. If we get another 3-way split in a second Referendum, it will really erode the Brexit enthusiasm. Words like “wind” and “out of” and “sails” come to mind.

  2. Chris

    Clearly to be fair any such plebiscite would have to be conducted under a transferable vote system. Isn’t that obvious?

  3. SteveH

    I would suggest that the use of an STV system of voting would alleviate your concerns and would produce a definitive result.

  4. Barry Davies

    not much use having a vote with two versions of leave or remain it would be biased entirely to getting remain

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