In what circumstances are referendums held in the UK

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  • In what circumstances are referendums held in the UK
    • To fulfill pledges made in party manifestos. Labour in 1997 promised in their manifesto to hold a referendum on a Mayor for London
    • To provide legitimacy to major constitutional changes. Devolution of power to Scotland and Wales was such an event
    • To satisfy the terms for a coalition government between the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties
    • To settle an internal party dispute over a contested issue. It was alleged that the national referendum in 1975 over continued EU (EEC) membership was more concerned with disputes inside the Labour party than wider public concerns
    • At local levels referedums are held for multitude of reasons to solve issues ranging from planning proposals, locally elected mayors, schooling, transport issues. At local levels referendums can be triggered by petitions

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