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Should we have a second referendum?

I really don't know what to think about this: Labour's clive Lewis has joined the call for a second referendum on our membership of the EU. As much as I think that what happened last year was a disaster, I can't help worry that another referendum would only stir up more devision in this country. The UK is still bitterly divided over last year's result. To some, this would sound like the ruling classes telling the people to try again because they didn't get it right the first time; that would just lead to the same friction which gave us the first result. On the other hand, as Lewis points out, a lot has changed since last year: for one, the american president is now a psychopathic child with no idea what he's doing. Do we really think it's better to try to deal with Trump than our European neighbours?

I realise that what's done is done: narrow though it was, last year's result has to be respected, or everything will become meaningless. I also realise that the EU is an organisation badly in need of reform. Yet the path away from it leads somewhere far, far worse. As more people realise that, as their human and consumer rights are taken away one by one, I think the depth of the mistake we made last year will become clearer. I think calls like this one will start getting louder. I also think that, between Brexit and what is happening in France right now, this might be the impetus for reform the EU so badly needs. Who knows: dire though they were, the events of last year may, in the end, lead to an even brighter future.

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