I wondered, a LONG time ago, when Cameron was dealing with the issue, how "legal" it would be. The Conservatives have long been divided "over Europe." This persisted after Labour trounced them --> Blair --> but it sounded, to me, like religious conservatives HERE bitching about school prayer and women having careers. Something to tell the "con'tituents" but not something that would ever happen.
Right, which brings me to my concern: was it legal? Case in point: Congress + Trump can propose/enact/sign a law creating a yearly "binding" referendum on, say, keeping/removing Supreme Court Justices. As you know, the U.S. Constitution does not allow that. To Leave involves canceling a treaty, and a few pundits muttered that, technically, that
requires an Act of Parliament with Royal Assent and all of that. Probably some feathers and whipping some Natives for good measure.
Where was I?
Oh yeah, but since WE ALL KNOW the referendum would come out "Remain" who gives a shit, right? To my knowledge, no one "challenged" the referendum prior to it happening. Because, you know, the polls say it would not even be close.
After that mess, as you put it, Not Loons--as in Not Anti-Trump/Pro-Hillary Types--who actually know the law rather than "Electoral College is FASCISTS"--combined forces and launched legal challenges which . . . another long story short . . . came out that, no, to trigger the exit clause, you have
to have Parliament vote on it.
So pull up a chair.
How messy can it get? As above, FAILURE to support the 51ish to 49ish% referendum REJECTS THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE!!!1!! But last I looked, a clear majority of MPs oppose
Leave. Labour, already losing, having been wiped out in Scotland, may panic and oppose
Leave to then face the charge "Labour HATES YOUR FREEDOMS!"
Same with Conservatives.
Meanwhile, Scotland is very pro-Remain. Would this finally push them to actually vote to separate? I suspect not unless the EU decides to really fuck with the UK by declaring they WOULD accept an independent Scotland. They might do that just to force enough Conservatives/Labour to reject Leave to "preserve the Union."
And you thought a Vice President who believe people "choose the gay," and a President still looking for those "millions" of illegal votes was "weird."