You thought that it is us Kenyans who are sour losers. Well, democracy is a twisted up fantasy that can provide loopholes dressed in varying regalia. Now following the OUT win for Brexit, a petitioner, William Oliver Healey, made this petition on the British Petitions website: “We the undersigned call upon HM Government to implement a rule that if the Remain or Leave vote is less than 60%, based on a turnout less than 75%, there should be another referendum.”
The Brexit vote on Thursday saw a 72.2% turnout, which was significantly higher than the 66.1% turnout at last year’s general election. However, this was below the 75% mark suggested by petitioner Healey as a threshold.
Mr Healey’s petition has more than 1.5 million people who are rallying with him calling for a second EU referendum, after the vote to leave. These are more signatures than any other on the parliamentary website and, since it has passed 100,000 votes, Parliament may consider it for a debate.
This has attracted a lot of attention but does not mean it will be enacted. Premier David Cameron and other leaders including Jeremy Corbyn are against a second referendum.
Interestingly, the Brexit vote is set to shape a new political landscape for the monarchy. In a separate petition more than 100,000 people have called on London Mayor Sadiq Khan to declare the English capital independent from the UK and apply to join the EU. People in London voted overwhelmingly to stay in the EU, just like did the Scots. Nicola Sturgeon has suggested a possibility of a new secession vote, and there’s talk of Northern Ireland wanting to reunite with the Republic of Ireland.
With share prices and the Sterling Pound reeling in yesterday’s result, it remains to be seen what more ripple effects will be resultant.