Expert comment: Do not turn Brexit into Britain’s version of Bush vs GoreWednesday 12 October 2016
In a piece for The Conversation, Lecturer in Public Law Dr Brian Christopher Jones explores the similarities between Brexit and the US Bush vs Gore election of 2000.
Dr Jones said: “The American presidential election in 2000 was decided by an even closer percentage and number of votes than the EU referendum (Bush – 47.9%, Gore – 48.4%: decided by 543,895 votes). The UK’s June 2016 referendum was not as close (Leave – 51.89%, Remain – 48.11%: decided by 1,269,501 votes). The US Supreme Court decision is also notorious because of the way its ruling went against the majority: Gore ultimately won the popular vote, and although we will never truly know, could have won Florida.
“The fact that the Supreme Court halted the recount from even taking place, knowing that Gore had won the overall popular vote, made the decision even more controversial. If the UK High Court were to specify any type of procedure to follow before Article 50 could be triggered, and that procedure were to hit any roadblocks or ultimately halt Brexit, its decision could easily come to be seen in a similar light.”