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This will be why they want them in this referendum too. If 16 year olds are more likely to vote for a bad idea, why not 15 14 13 and so on. Also, while I won't tell my children how to vote, the same may not be true of little Englanders...
To be valid more than 50% of the electors have to vote, since people interested in cancelling a law have a much bigger incentive in casting their vote than people who are happy the way it is, when there is a low turnout it's a guaranteed victory for the yes.
The consequence is that voting "no" in most cases actually helps the "yes" camp to reach the needed quorum, so most "no" voters prefer to stay home on polls day hoping the referendum fails.
I was wondering if other countries have a better way of doing it.
Seen on Euronews: A win for Renzi: Italy drilling vote fails to attract required voter turnout
In this case is about an election, but it would be like the government legalizing illegal drugs trade, then a court cancels the law as unconstitutional, and suddenly lots of people would become punishable for purchasing/selling drugs while it was perfectly legal.
In this case the law has been fixed by the court itself cancelling the parts which are unconstitutional, but of course it will apply only at the next elections. Sure, there should be some accountability for this mess, the law experts who advised the government on this matter should be fired.
In my opinion, the main problem with Italy is not a lack of democracy, but instability.
I personally never voted for a major party so I'm used at being at the opposition, but I'll rather see Renzi governing until the end of the legislature than keep seeing government after government falling before completing the reforms the country needs. The reforms don't even have to be perfect, they can always be fixed later, the important is having Italy start again after years of political paralysis.
All the focus seems to be on the advantages and disadvantages for the UK, while it's important to discuss what will be of the EU. I'd like to know where the UK based EU institutions would be relocated, if the Erasmus programs in the UK would be suspended, which city of the Eurozone would be chosen as the new financial center, what would happen to the EU Parliament seats now allocated to the UK, what would be the legal position of Scotland in the EU in case it leaves the UK, if duties would be imposed on some products UK, if the EU budget would be reduced or other members will have to chip in the UK share...
There was quite some "external help/backing/support" for the dissolution of Yugoslavia, and for the independence of Kosovo from Serbia too.
I don't say that was a good thing to happen, nor that it was a bad thing to happen.
I just say: such things do happen, whatever the correct interpretation of international law might be.
Being absolutely confident that the UK will continue to exist in its present borders in case the UK decides to leave the EU: that might be quite a bit too much confidence.
And IMO it is in the best interest of the EU not "to play nice" in case of a #Brexit.
And IMO it would not be a good idea to threaten not to play nice at the point at which we are now . But that may change with Mr Cameron's next proclamation.
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