Indexed list of Blogs
London4Europe Committee member Michael Romberg has compiled a list of articles about the People’s Vote – the referendum on the terms with the option to Remain. I recommend that you bookmark this article. You will then have the information to hand if a question comes up about how the referendum should be conducted or an argument that it should not be held. If there are questions that come up when campaigning that are not answered here please contact us so that we can try to provide answers.
In addition to our own blogs, key sources are UCL’s Constitution Unit and the Institute for Government – links to their work are marked as such. I would encourage you if you are interested to subscribe to their updates.
** updated 14 March 2019 **
The Overall Plan for the People’s Vote
On 9 August 2018, the UCL Constitution Unit set out seven questions that needed to be answered to assess whether a referendum was possible
On 9 October 2018, the UCL Constitution Unit published a report "The Mechanics of a Further Referendum on Brexit". The various UCL blogs linked to in this post are shortened versions of chapters of the full report.
On 3 December 2018, the UCL Constitution Unit published an update of the key questions that needed to be addressed on a second Brexit referendum.
Getting the Referendum is just the start - we must campaign now to win it
The case for the referendum on the terms
Is there enough time for a referendum?/ how would a referendum be set up by Parliament
On 30 August 2018, the UCL Constitution Unit published a blog addressing how long it would take to hold a referendum
On 20 September 2018 the UCL Constitution Unit published a blog discussing whether the Article 50 time-table could be extended to allow for a referendum
On 16 April 2018 the Institute for Government published their analysis of the mechanics of how Parliament would consider the Withdrawal Agreement and Framework for Future Relations. The main discussion of the referendum is on pp24+
On 7 September 2018 the UCL Constitution Unit published an article discussing how a referendum would be set up
On 9 October 2018 the UCL Constitution Unit published the final article in its series setting out five scenarios in which a referendum might be set up and the implications for timing.
On 18 January 2019 the Institute for Government published a note asking what it would take for the EU to extend Article 50 deadline.
Will the terms be clear enough to allow a vote
On 17 September 2018 the Institute for Government published an analysis of the options for the Brexit endgame. Their view of the referendum option – a rather downbeat assessment of whether the terms then available would be clear enough - is set out on pp 10+
Addressing arguments against something called a "referendum"/ betrayal/ we have Parliamentary sovereignty/ that's what the EU always does
Only a referendum can resolve Brexit
What would the ballot paper look like
On 13 September 2018 the UCL Constitution Unit published an article considering what choice might be put on the ballot paper.
"Backward induction" - an economist from UK Trade Policy Observatory explains why the referendum on the terms should be held in two rounds, with a further article in the Economist showing the problems of a three way vote and a worked example illustrating how choice of voting method affects the outcome.
Remainers should not complain about 2016/ we should run with the franchise &c from 2016
The Alternative Vote referendum was the UK's only legally binding referendum. Looking at it helps to explain why "advisory" does not mean that 2016 can just be set aside.
A referendum would be divisive &c
Rules for the conduct of the referendum
The UCL Constitution Unit on 27 September 2018 published an article on the rules under which the referendum might be conducted, including regulating the rôle of government, financial regulations and digital campaigning
The UCL Constitution Unit on 7 March 2019 published a report Doing Democracy Better. They come up with eight practical proposals for improving the conduct of elections and referenda under three themes: confronting misinformation; promoting quality information; and promoting quality discussion.
Lessons from 1975 for the Labour Party
Would holding a referendum lead the EU to offer a bad deal
Article 50 notification may be withdrawn without penalty
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