The Brexit arguments over whether there should be a second referendum are divisive and it’s clear there are a range of views that are all completely legitimate. The democracy argument, however, is simple, straightforward and unifying: If there was widespread cheating in the referendum – which all of the whistleblower evidence points to – then there is no question. We cannot take a decision of this magnitude predicated on what seems increasingly likely to have been a manipulated vote.
Peers need to stop overcomplicating this issue. It’s about cheating and democratic integrity. Send a referendum amendment back to the commons and force the debate on the issue of our time. From there, let’s start working on ensuring the rules are stronger and better enforced. Because whatever the question, our vote should be fair.