The EU and referenda: three denials of democracy
The myth claiming that “Brussels” is incapable of acknowledging the outcomes of national referenda conveys a triple denial of democracy which requires a timely reaction after the Dutch “no” expressed in April 2016 and in view of other referenda: Yves Bertoncini takes a stand in this debate.
The Dutch “no” expressed on 6 April 2016 revived the myth claiming that “Brussels” is incapable of acknowledging the outcomes of national referenda, which supposedly highlight a democratic split between the EU and its citizens. According to our director Yves Bertoncini, this myth conveys a triple denial of democracy which requires a timely reaction in view of the approaching referenda in other Member States : 1. The denial of European democracy: the outcomes of referenda on the EU are respected 2. The denial of other national democracies: one people against all others
3. The denial of representative democracies: the people rather than the elected representatives of the people
A shorter version of this viewpoint was published by the French newspaper href=”http://www.institutdelors.eu/01123096-Yves-Bertoncini-dans-Le-Monde-Brexit-assez-de-la-legende-Bruxelles-contre-les-peuples.html” target=””>Le Monde and by Euractiv.com.