As I noted earlier, I happened to be in British Columbia while the British were voting to leave the EU.
[Note: If you want to make general comments on Brexit and what happens next, please comment at the earlier thread. I’d like to keep this one on the narrower topic raised here.]
I never liked the BC-STV vote having been “defeated” in 2005 despite a clear majority (57%), due to a threshold of 60% having been set. But I do not like the UK “mandate” to leave the EU by a vote of 51.9%.
Is there a principle that reconciles my two positions? Or do I just have no principles regarding referendums*, and assess the rules for passage by whether I like what is being proposed? Help, please!
(I have written about referendum approval thresholds before.)
* Other than that, in general, I’d rather not have them. I rather like representative democracy and deliberative institutions.