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    This is a classic example of the poor reasoning - both illogical and anti-democratic - that has got us into this mess.

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    It asks what, when one gives it any thought, is the wrong question about the referendum result.

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    The question it asks is, essentially, what sort of Brexit did those who voted Leave want?

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    But since Leave won by a squeak, and with no agreed plan for Brexit (just a series of options), that is the wrong question.

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    It is wrong, first, because no one really knows what Leave voters wanted. They weren’t asked to give reasons. All we know is that they wanted to leave.

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    But it is the wrong question for a more important reason: it fails to include the 48% who voted Remain. Every remain voter’s views as to the right type of Brexit also counts, and counts as much as any Leave voter’s.

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    And given the narrowness of the vote, that points to a soft Brexit, keeping close trade and social relations with the EU - something EEA-ish. A compromise all but the extremes could live with.

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    Some Leave voters may cry “betrayal”: but that should not stop a compromise that most can live with.

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    The PM’s mistake has, from the outset, been to ask this wrong question: “what did Leave voters want?”. The question she should have asked is “what version of Brexit can command a broad consensus across Leave and Remain?”.

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    That mistake has led to all the other mistakes: treating Brexit as a matter to be decided by the PM and her coterie as the sole permitted interpreters of “the will of the people”; premature use of A50; attempts to sideline Parliament; the language calculated to enrage Remainers.

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    What is needed is a genuine discussion involving the whole country about what sort of Brexit we all can live with (in the Cabinet would be a start but it needs to go much wider).

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    Responsible Brexiters would be calling for that: unfortunately, like @lawyers4britain, too many think that the only question is how to read the entrails of the referendum result.

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    A question which - like priests of some cult - they seem to regard themselves as uniquely qualified to answer. /ends

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