A Better Referendum

A Better Referendum

With the date of the EU referendum set as 23rd June, it's now up to the Leave and Remain campaigns to make their case to the British people.

But how well informed do the public feel about the pros and cons of Britain's membership of the EU? Everyone involved in the referendum should be doing all they can to boost public knowledge and engagement in this crucial vote.

People want a real, informed debate about Britain’s relationship with the European Union.

We saw in Scotland during the independence referendum what can happen when people feel informed about an important decision and empowered to take part. People are crying out for the full information they need to get to grips with the EU referendum debate, and for the space to have those discussions.

We know that there is a clear link between how well informed people feel and their likelihood to vote. So let’s do everything we can to foster a deep and vibrant debate around the EU referendum.

We're making 5 recommendations:

  1. The Remain and Leave campaigns to commit to taking part in televised debates on the EU referendum
  2. The campaigns to make voter registration a key plank of their plans
  3. The campaigns to support initiatives aimed at giving citizens a chance to debate the issues in more depth, for example by providing speakers for local debates
  4. The campaigns to commit to a ‘Ceasefire Week’, where both sides only put out the positive cases for their arguments
  5. Media organisations, relevant public bodies and non-governmental organisations to commit to providing balanced coverage of the debate, including clear and comprehensible facts on Britain’s relationship with the EU

David Torrence’s voter guide for the EU referendum is also available to buy. 

A Better Referendum

The ERS will be releasing monthly polling on the EU referendum in the run up to June.
Our opinion on how the referendum is going so far
We're raising funds to build a tool that will let anyone organise a balanced debate on the EU in their community