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EU result may not represent majority

The two articles (News, January 25) by professors Wilford and O'Connell provided some illumination on Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling, but there is one issue that is of more than academic interest.

Many commentators are keen to stress that the UK as a whole voted by a 51.9% to 48.1% majority to leave the EU.

But what about those people in the UK who either chose not to vote, or were too young to vote? Are their rights as EU citizens of no consequence?

Is the Prime Minister right to assume that these EU citizens want to leave the European Union, and does this supposition infringe their rights under the European Convention of Human Rights?

It can be constructively argued that the vote to leave the EU must exceed the combined total of those who voted to remain and those who didn't vote before it carries any legal weight.



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