Referendums

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A pleblecite is a vote in which an electorate can express a public view OR a public vote on a single issue. Advisory or binding.

CIRCUMSTANCES WHERE GVTS HOLD A REFERENDUM

  • When gvt thinks its likely to win to avoid embarrassment of losing ie. AV referendum
  • A sitting government does not want a referendum to turn into a vote on its performance
  • If governments win a referendum they will have a popularity boost, and receive public backing
  • In 1990s- should britain join Euro, TB and GB didnt think would win so Labour hesitancy
  • To resolve cotroversial issues across the party, resolve a divide
  • Does not always bring a definite answer, ie Scot…

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