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Should Referendums Be Abolished?
Instead of resolving political problems, referendums often prolong the existing arguments or even create new ones, especially when one side wins by a slim majority and the other side demands a recount or new referendum.
Ireland had to hold repeat referendums on both the
EU treaties because in both cases the first referendum did not successfully resolve the matter.
The 2016 referendum on the UK's membership in the EU by no means put a decisive end to the debate about this issue. In the referendum, a
voted to leave the EU. By now, polls indicate that almost six out of ten British citizens think that this was a mistake (
YouGov, p. 3
The creation of new topical political issues is not necessarily a bad thing - perhaps it just means the public is more thoroughly probing all the important issues in society.
It is unclear whether this is because of a referendum or the fact that it is a controversial policy. If these decisions were instead made by politicians, it is likely that the same calls would exist given the number of people unhappy with the decision.