Amid much uncertainty and instability, a second Brexit referendum could provide the UK with much-needed clarity, infers Roger Cohen of The New York Times. As Theresa May’s latest Brexit deal was rejected by 432 to 202 votes in Parliament, a new solution is needed. The hard exit that Britain is currently headed towards would be incredibly painful. Holding a second vote would allow the public, which now better understands the nuances of leaving the EU, to reassess the country’s future. Brexit was glorified through lies that hid its true face. Most Britons now favor a second referendum. It would only be democratic to give it to them.
A second referendum and a potential revision of Brexit could stoke great anti-EU resentment among many Britons, asserts Thomas Klau of Politico. Many would feel that this betrays the country’s democratic 2016 decision to leave the EU. This frustration would translate to strong pockets of pro-Brexit resistance in the government, which embody the people that voted for it. Any future leadership would be very careful about getting more involved with Europe, considering this resentment. The EU would be better off without such an unwilling and divided country among its ranks. A new referendum is a bad idea, at least in the near future.