A main feature of the UK's democratic system are General Elections:
- These are held every 5 years.
- These are democratic because it gives the people's rights to vote for the political party they want to represent them, based on their manifestos.
- GE are a form of representative democracy as citizens vote for MPs to represent their views and opinions in Parliament.
- This opposes to direct democracy because elections do not give people a direct sat in political matters and issues.
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Another main feature of the UK's democratic system is the use of referendums:
- These are a form of direct democracy and are democratic because people directly have a say on political matters that the HOC can't agree on.
- The government proposes a question that is debated, with a 'yes or no' answer that all British citizens over the age 18, can vote in.
- This was shown in the Scottish Independence referendum where Scottish citizens voted for or against independence.
- As a result, the turnout was 63% No, so Scotland remained part of the UK.
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Pressure Groups are a main feature of the UK's democratic system:
- Because PGs give the minorities, who are left behind at the elections,a voice in politics.
- PGs are democratic because they can influence the government on controversial issues to hopefully get the issue debated in Parliament.
- There will always be a PG that represents someone or their views (unlike a political party).
- PGs not only gives people a voice, but they help to increase political participation as a result.
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