Reply to post: Re: Of course the original referendum is only "advisory" it is not legally backed.

Parliament takes axe to 2nd EU referendum petition

Dodgy Geezer Silver badge

Re: Of course the original referendum is only "advisory" it is not legally backed.

...A more correct strategy for referenda is to count the non-voters in some agreed way. Typically, they may represent "status quo", or other proportion. This would then be used to set a benchmark point at which the result carries validity....

Saying that non-voters represent 'the status quo' is a mindless statement, which would lead to illogical results which would fly in the face of reason. It is certainly not a 'correct strategy'! Imagine an election where the winning party threw out the government with 45% of the vote while the government supporters got 10%. Your approach would then give the losers the victory?

If you MUST make assumptions about non-voters, the only one you are entitled to make is that they did not care which side won. They are happy with either outcome. That means they are de facto supporting the winning side.

Looked at that way, the Referendum vote was around 75% in favour of leaving...

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