The aftermath of next Thursday’s vote could be worse, far worse, than the seemingly interminable campaign of lies, half-truths and unsubstantiated “facts” that we have endured during the campaign.
Slowly the realisation that the result of the EU referendum is non-binding, because to make it binding would infringe the sovereignty of the Westminster parliament, is growing. The Guardian reported this exchange at Prime Minister’s Questions today:
Nigel Adams, a [Brexit supporting] Conservative, says there has been “hysterical scaremongering” during the EU referendum. Will Cameron assure people he will follow the results on the referendum.
Yes, says Cameron. He says out means out of the single market too. He says he would say to anyone still in doubt, to anyone uncertain, don’t risk it.
Cameron appears to be saying he will abide by the result of the referendum but it is not entirely clear what he means.
If there is a vote for Brexit when would he seek to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty which provides the only legal route to leaving the EU? And if he chose to put the required resolution to the Commons quickly would be able to get the necessary majority.
There are so many scenarios it is fruitless to even think too closely about them. We can be certain this horror story will go on unless there is a decisive victory for Remain.