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eu referendum

David Cameron, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, announced that he wants the British people to have an in-or-out vote on Britain’s membership in the European Union. Not surprisingly, he received harsh criticism from almost all leading politicians in Europe. That leaves me with a question: Why are the European leaders so afraid of a referendum?

As far as I can see, there are three options:

  1. The EU has been a great success and voters appreciate this.
  2. The EU has been a great success but the ordinary voter is too dumb to appreciate this.
  3. The EU has become a¬†bureaucratic¬†mess and voters increasingly dislike their country’s membership.

So, if leading politicians reject the idea of a British referendum they implicitly argue that the first option is false (otherwise a referendum would simply support Britain’s membership). Which leaves me to conclude that either politicians regard voters as sheep or they fear the voters might get the opportunity to judge the mess in Brussels.

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