The Scots are about to demonstrate an important principle.
We plainly can’t ask the Brexit question again, just because 48.1% of us think we got it wrong. That’s not how democracy works.
But then the Scots are about to do just that. Ask the independence question again.
They can, because there is new information, a material change in the circumstances. Fairly obviously, that’s that Britain has decided to leave the EU and they don’t want to.
Given the margin on the 23rd which while clear was still small, it’d be interesting to see what constitutes “new information” for Britain as a whole.
Will the exposure of some of the suspected lies count? I say, “suspected”…
Will the effect on the Union dawn on and shock people? I said previously how worried I am about NI.
Will the reality that emerges in negotiations count? The fairly obvious fact that we won’t get what we want.
What might really make the difference, driven by those emerging facts, is a dramatic opinion poll, say a 58/42 In/Out split. For now, let’s not rush, if we are still happy to leave as a nation in a few months, I’ll roll with it, we will work it out, crazy though I think it is.
The thing is, democracy is an iterative process, as the Scots are about to demonstrate.