EU Referendum was a “clear result”. Or not.

Tory candidates for PM keep saying the EU Referendum gave a clear result for leaving the EU. Really? Here are the results expressed as a percentage of the total electorate:
Leave: 37.44%
Remain: 34.71%
‘Abstained’: 27.85%
As I understand it, under proposed Tory government legislation for Unions holding ballots for industrial action, this referendum would have failed as the ‘Leave’ vote was under 40%.

So, the candidates are saying this is a clear mandate for making the decision to leave the EU but would be insufficient for enabling a union to make the decision of calling out its members on strike. I guess they must view leaving the EU as a fairly trivial issue compared with a few hundred workers going on strike for a day.

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