Brexit: The right way to hold a referendum

OXFORD • Now that British Prime Minister Theresa May, facing certain defeat, has postponed Parliament's vote on the deal she concluded with the European Union last month on the United Kingdom's departure from the bloc, the case for a "people's vote" - a second Brexit referendum - is gaining ground.

But is a referendum really the right mechanism for settling political issues that the people's elected representatives cannot or will not?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 15, 2018, with the headline 'Brexit: The right way to hold a referendum'. Print Edition | Subscribe