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Brexit is a salutary tale on poorly explained votes – and affection for the NHS would become a key issue

Fionnán Sheahan


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A lorry passes a billboard promoting Irish unity. Photo: Paul Faith

A lorry passes a billboard promoting Irish unity. Photo: Paul Faith

A lorry passes a billboard promoting Irish unity. Photo: Paul Faith

‘A referendum result is democratically legitimate only if voters can make an informed decision.”

In the closing days of the Brexit campaign, a group of 150 political science academics wrote a letter to the Daily Telegraph and warned about the importance of accurate information being disseminated to the public from both the Remain and Leave campaigns. The British aren’t used to referenda the way we are accustomed to such votes. We’ve even had the temerity over the years to give the Government of the day a bloody nose with a No vote.


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