The Brits have done it. The citizens of the British Isles have taken the first step toward leaving the European Union by voting to exit yesterday. By a slim majority of a very simply worded questions, Britons have said, “Yes, we want out.”
Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?
Remain a member of the European Union 48.1% 16,141,241 votes
Leave the European Union 51.9% 17,410,742
Around 33.5 million Britons voted to leave the European Union. According to the 2011 census, there were 63.1 million living in the United Kingdom with almost 54 million with full citizenship. That leaves an estimated 20.4 million who decided that the question wasn’t important enough to cast a ballot.
In the wake of the referendum result, British Prime Minister David Cameron promised to resign his position this coming fall. Having campaigned vigorously in favour of remaining in the EU, Cameron felt the need to step down despite the slim margin of victory for the Brexit-ers.
It would seem that Cameron is a man of integrity.
“Prime Minister David Cameron indicated today that he will resign by the fall,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a prepared statement. “On behalf of all Canadians, I would like to thank him for being such a close ally and good friend to our country. We wish him well.”
I wonder what would happen here in Windsor.
Lets put the issues of the day, the contentious, divisive policies coming out of City Hall, to a binding referendum.
I can hear it already. Mayor Drew Dilkens would probably quip, “Clucking ridiculous.” Administrators, who believe they control the power in the city, would be up in arms. Ed Sleiman would have to be awoken from his slumber and Paul Borrelli would be mumbling incoherently up his sleeve.
The first thing out of the mouths of the sycophants and hangers-on would be the cost. To counter that argument we would make the exercise cost effective by adding four questions to the ballot so that we could get more bang for the bucks.
- Do you favour spending $21 million on the FINA swimming meet?
- Do you favour building a new City Hall?
- Do you favour hiring an Auditor General for the City of Windsor?
- Do you favour the elimination of alternative voting options?
All very simple questions requiring a simple yes or no response, and leaving no need to do an in depth analysis of the final tally.
The votes would be cast by ballot which would then be hand counted. That would also keep costs down. It would also protect against corruption of the results.
Would Dilkens step down, as Cameron has promised, if he lost the referendum? That’s the real question.
I’m betting no.