A Better Referendum

1 Sep 2016

Doing referendums differently

There’s no denying it: referendums have become a central feature of our politics. So it’s about time we started thinking seriously about how we should run them. Since 2011 we have had two UK-wide referendums (on voting reform and membership of the European Union), a Scottish independence referendum, and a Welsh referendum on devolution of powers. The UK is in an extended period of constitutional […]
3 Jun 2016

Let’s close the EU referendum generation gap

If you feel let down by the state of the EU referendum debate you’re not on your own. But it turns out there’s one group who are being especially locked out of the conversation: young people. There’s a stark generation gap in the EU referendum debate – and it’s not getting better. New BMG Research polling we’ve released today shows younger people are totally disengaged from the debate - just 47% […]
23 May 2016

Democracy Matters: Why we need 'A Better Referendum'

This is a guest blog by Professor Matthew Flinders. The opinions expressed here are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Electoral Reform Society. Life, it would often appear, seems dominated by a series of ‘gaps’. The ‘gaps’ between the young and the old , between rich and the poor , between North and the South , between educated and uneducated and – most importantly – […]
19 May 2016

How we’re opening up the EU debate

If you think the EU referendum debate so far has been focused far too much on the personalities and internal party spats than the real issues that affect you and the country, you’re not on your own. Of course, it doesn’t have to be like this - we can have a vibrant and lively EU referendum debate, looking at the real issues: from health and education to the economy and immigration. The Scottish […]
4 Apr 2016

Mind the #EUref Generation Gap

It’s no news that young people are seen as disengaged from formal politics. But research we released at the weekend shows just how deep that runs when it comes to the EU referendum. We’ve revealed a worrying generation gap in the public’s interest in the EU referendum, as new polling by BMG Research done for us shows that just 21% of 18-24 year olds say they are ‘very interested’ in the EU […]
11 Mar 2016

We can have a #BetterReferendum. Make it happen

If you feel left out in the cold by the EU referendum debate, you’re not on your own. This week we launched new polling showing that just 16% of people feel well-informed about the EU referendum. It’s a fairly shocking indictment on the state of the debate – one which has been dominated by personality politics, rumours of spats and internal party splits, and off-putting negative bickering between […]