Examples of Direct Democracy within the UK

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  • Types of direct democracy
    • Referendums
      • An optional referendum - which can be proposed by the government for the people to voice their opinions
      • British referendums are mostly used around constitutional issues
        • For example 2016 Brexit Referendums
      • Voters are able to directly impact societal issues
      • Referendums do not always put an end to constitutional issues or 'close' them
    • E-Petitions
      • 270 petitions got a response from the Government + 49 were debated in the House of Commons
      • A petition must get 100,000 signatures online in order to be debated in the house of Commons
  • A petition must get 10,000 signatures to get a response from the Government


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