The polls have shown a marked increase in support for leaving the European Union. The tone of the debate about Europe has been disturbingly negative. Beyond that, it has become increasingly bitter and unpleasant. The arguments in favour of staying have focused on the potential horrors that would visit Britain if we left; the arguments in favour of leaving in particular have plumbed new depths for untruthfulness and xenophobia. It seems likely that voting on the European referendum will be determined by people’s emotional reaction, and there is a strong possibility that this will result in secession.
If the UK leaves, UK citizens will lose their rights as European citizens. Those rights include rights to representation within the EU, the right to move and live freely throughout the EU, reciprocal rights to public services, and consular and diplomatic protection from other EU countries when outside Europe.
There is something deeply flawed about a process that claims to be democratic but implies that a majority decision would deprive a minority of their rights. If the vote is to leave, expect this one to come to court.