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Professor Tim Bale, UK Brexit debate has echoes of 1975



Yahoo News, via AFP, reports on the comparisons between Britain’s 1975 European referendum and the June 23 vote and what lessons can be learned. For Professor Tim Bale the lesson of the past is that a referendum cannot guarantee to put a contentious matter to rest. "It will fail utterly to settle the Europe question 'once and for all'," Bale wrote in a blog post which is quoted in the article. "As to whether, in a democracy, that kind of never-ending uncertainty is necessarily a bad thing, who knows?" he said.
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