Consensus Needed for NSG, But a Simple Majority Clinched Brexit!

On the simple issue of admitting non-NPT members into the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG), consensus among its 48 members is mandatory.

But the narrowest of margins (51.9% to 48.1%) was enough to clinch Britain’s exit from the EU. 

That appears to be a fundamental referendum flaw. A simple majority should not have been allowed to be the clincher. 

A two-third majority must have been the minimum requirement, particularly on an issue such as Brexit which has ramifications not confined to the U.K.

G Joslin Vethakumar


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