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

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If you don't leave though, if you have a public referendum where the choice is "leave" or "remain" and then when the public votes leave the countries leaders say "actually, no, we won't do it", then you have fundamentally broken the democratic process and this really matters.
This is a fantastically important point.

But the UK, like most countries, really needs to sharpen its democratic polling of public opinion, a.k.a. voting. Every person eligible to vote should be required to express their opinion, even if only to formalize "no opinion". Compulsory voting is the only way to understand the desires of ALL of the electorate. In a simple binary vote like a referendum, there are actually three possible.outcomes:
  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. I don't know/couldn't be arsed voting/don't want to tell you my opinion

All three are available In compulsory voting (the third by not filling in or deliberately spoiling the ballot). Even if a voter decides option 3 (no vote), they have actively exercised their right not to state an opinion, rather than passively had that opinion foisted upon them.
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