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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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In fact it was only Ireland that had a referendum on that, everyone else slid it in through the back door. And note how no one will get to vote on whether or not to have a European Army. One day it will just be there. This is not good.
If we were to follow you're logic, then we could conclude the parliament, any parliament has no authority to make decisions on behalf of their states. Or is it only the decisions you don't like that need to be to a vote/referendum or whatever???

In the case of France and Denmark, they have requirements for referenda, but their governments have more flexibility.

Ireland is unique because the people through their constitution have completely reserved the decision making power to themselves. The government is free to negotiate and renegotiate if necessary, but only the people can make the decision. And when the returning officer signs off on the result of a referendum, it is law and neither the government, parliament nor the president have a role in it.
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