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The answer is that it depends on the question placed before voters.We would do well to recall the two other referenda held in the U.K. in the last five years: over Scottish independence in 2014 and, much less memorably, over voting rules in 2011 .Voters in referenda often care little about the question being asked and instead treat their vote as an opportunity to register protest against the powers that be or discontent with some unrelated issue. A classic example is the French referendum of 1969, when voters ignored the obscure constitutional changes put before them and focused instead on President Charles de Gaulle's prior announcement that he would resign if the referendum lost. The referendum lost, and de Gaulle resigned, as promised.So flawed a question should never have been put to the voters. But, because it is politically impossible to undo the result, the British Parliament should now invite voters to finish the job by conducting a sound referendum process – correcting the flaws in the Brexit referendum – to discover exactly what kind of Brexit the country prefers.
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