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sam39 posted..

Serenity: Before Referenda were introduced into British politics, all decisions were taken by elected Governments
after a general election. It was the GE which gave the authority. The classic case was in 1911 when the Liberal Government forced a GE on the powers of the House of Lords. They won a large majority and thus had the mandate and MPs to curb the powers of the Lords. Although a referendum result gives a mandate - it does not give the power, that is, the votes of MPs. The Tories have an overall majority of 12. If enough Tory MPs vote against, or abstain, the Government does not have the power to pass the necessary legislation to get us out of the EU. In 1975, Wilson said that he would do everything in his power to implement the results of the referendum but he could not guarantee it - that would depend on Parliament. Now, of course, MPs (of all parties) might feel honour bound to follow the results of the referendum; then again they might not.