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Who holds referendums?

I was somewhat surprised that the Queen’s Speech contained the statement ‘My Government will hold a referendum on membership of the European Union’.   My concern is the terminology.  The Government may propose a referendum, but has no power of its own … Continue reading

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Choosing the referendum question

The Government has agreed to the recommendation of the Electoral Commission that the question in the referendum on membership of the EU should be between ‘to remain a member’ or ‘leave’ the EU.  This is in place of a yes/no … Continue reading

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The English or the Scottish Question?

On Saturday, I spoke at the Royal Scots Club in Edinburgh to the Scottish and Northern England branch of the Hull University Alumni Association.  The talk was titled ‘The Scottish or the English Question? The future of the Union’.  I … Continue reading

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Who controls backbench time?

On the continuing theme of ownership of process, Barry Winetrobe has an interesting post on the Dale & Co blog as to who controls backbench time in the House of Commons.  The Backbench Business Committee may have selected for debate … Continue reading

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A change in direction?

The results of the referendum were remarkable.  For the No vote to triumph over the Yes vote by a margin of more than two to one was a staggering success for the ‘No to AV’ campaign.  Survey data revealed that the more AV … Continue reading

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Referendum turnout

The turnout in the AV referendum was 41.8%, notably higher than many had expected.  Of those who in my earlier post had a guess as to the turnout, Peta wins the prize having opted for 42%.  Charlesbarry comes a close second with 41%.  Congratulations … Continue reading

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It is not an advisory referendum

I am surprised by the number of people who think that once the result of the referendum result is known, it will then be up to Parliament to pass an Act, if it chooses to do so, to introduce the Alternative … Continue reading

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