And, Damian, no European constitution allows the right of secession. The same in the US. Allowing a referendum means recognising a part of the country the right of secession. And that also means a permanent blackmail. London allowed a referendum in Scotland once and that means that they will periodically threaten with more referenda. The Scottish Govt. is demanding another referendum after the Brexit vote and they will always find "reasons" in the future to have more and more. So, will Westminster allow a referendum every 5 years, every 10 years? It is a neverending story. That is why Canada adopted the Clarity Act, to stop it.
In most constitutional countries, changes of that law require a wide majority (3/5 or 2/3 of the parliament). So, a 51-52% of a vote in a moment cannot dedice the future of a country. Many people in Britain considered the Scottish referendum a mistake, just like the Brexit one.
: government wisely used softly softly tactics
: with the Scots and allowed them a legal
: process of self-expression instead of
: declaring their desire for a referendum
: illegal and sending in armed police to turn
: people away from polling booths. It resulted
: in a favourable outcome for them. I would
: like the same for Spain and Catalonia.
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