Their discussion covers a range of implications including what would happen in the event that NOTA topped the poll. Would there need to be a re-run with different candidates, etc? This got me wondering.
What would actually happen if a constituency didn't have an MP at all? If the largest group of people actually voted not to have a representative in parliament, would would happen if they didn't elect anyone?
The business of governing the country, passing laws, scrutinising the government etc. would continue as long as most constituencies returned MPs. As MPs have no statutory function within their constituency there wouldn't be anything that would grind to a halt without them.
And if someone from that constituency had a problem that they wanted to bring up with an MP or have someone champion a local issue in parliament, they couldn't.
If people in an area genuinely don't want to be represented in parliament, should we make them be?