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Now here's a novel Referendum idea!

Discussion in 'Personal' started by FrankWolley, Feb 29, 2016.

  1. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter


    According to the latest polling, 82 per cent of Londoners would vote to remain in the EU. Nowhere else in the UK is as positive about Britain’s place in Brussels as the capital. But what if, come 23 June 2016, the rest of the country shows Europe the door? Should the UK decide to leave, Londoners might well wake up the morning after the vote and feel like a city under occupation, a hostage to its own nation.

    Would London just have to lump it? Perhaps - but there should be an alternative.

    Both Vote Leave’s Dominic Cummings and London Mayor Boris Johnson have suggested the idea of a second referendum to decide the terms of any departure. Such a vote, were it to happen, offers the opportunity to get creative with our membership of the EU. One possibility is that, even if Britain votes to leave, London could remain and retain its own distinct links with Europe.

    This is not as mad as it might sound. London could become a variant of a charter city - bound by common EU trade laws, including the free movement of people, but the rest of the UK governed outside its jurisdiction. At the very least this is an interesting thought experiment.
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  2. Vladimir

    Vladimir Senior commenter

    The other way round, we would have to lump it, so yes!
  3. delnon

    delnon Lead commenter

    If London were to include Westminster, the idea that the rest of the UK would be outside its jurisdiction does have a certain appeal. ;)
  4. Alf58

    Alf58 Established commenter

    A possible problem might be London's need to usurp land from neighbouring Brexit counties in order to provide accommodation for the out of control population number caused by migration. Would you envisage borders? Would there be massive queues of people desperate to get the heck out of London once the reality of their position become clear?
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  5. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    What a fantastically evil idea
  6. FritzGrade

    FritzGrade Senior commenter

    Most Londoners would be happy with that. It would leave the rest of the country a bit short of cash though.
  7. delnon

    delnon Lead commenter

    You are assuming that people would remain in London.
  8. FritzGrade

    FritzGrade Senior commenter

    Of course. Employment is key to population distribution.
  9. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    I don't think the proposal involved redirecting tax receipts.
  10. FritzGrade

    FritzGrade Senior commenter

    Sending huge tax receipts to a state under a different government would be a radical idea.
  11. delnon

    delnon Lead commenter

    Precisely. And just think of the money The not-quite-UK could make selling gas, electricity and water to London. Though I suppose the Commons could generate enough hot air to keep Westminster warm.
  12. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    How is it radical when it's what the UK does right now... sending membership fees to Brussels.
  13. FritzGrade

    FritzGrade Senior commenter

    Different proposition. London sends 20% of its GDP to the rest of the UK.

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