30 Jun 2016

We can do referendums better in the UK. Here's how.

This article was first published by Times Red Box Last week’s referendum raised some serious questions about the nature of the democracy we have – and the type we want to create. Unlike other countries, in the UK we do referendums on an ad hoc basis, often to resolve (or try to resolve) internal party rifts. Nowhere was that more clearly seen than with the EU vote. But given the current post- […]
24 Jun 2016

The referendum can't be the end of the road for public engagement

Referendums are the ultimate public poll – giving all registered voters a direct say over a major decision of national importance. And yesterday 33 million voters took part in the EU referendum, the highest turnout in any UK-wide election since 1992 at 72%. This was a monumental decision that will have ramifications for decades to come. Referendums can be advisory, but in all recent UK examples […]
22 Jun 2016

One day left to get clued up about your #EUref vote

The below is an open letter to voters for the last day before the referendum by a number of organisations who have been pushing for a better referendum debate. Voting requires confidence and a decent, informed debate. For the past few months, our organisations have been pushing tools to help create that debate. Today is your last chance to get clued up before you vote tomorrow. Sadly, polling […]
16 Jun 2016

Let’s not settle for a low #EUref turnout

It’s generally a fool’s game to predict poll turnout. But there are some signs which can give you a clue. One is how likely people they are to say they’ll vote. Today – with a week to go before the referendum - it’s been revealed that just 62% of Brits say they’ll definitely vote in the EU referendum. Despite this being in many ways being more important than any General Election – it’s a once-in- […]
14 Jun 2016

In the dark on the EU referendum? Clue yourself up for June 23rd

With just nine days until the referendum, there’s still millions of people who feel left in the dark. This month we published polling showing that only 24% of voters say they feel ‘well’ or ‘very well’ informed about the EU referendum. And 22% of people still haven’t had any contact at all about the vote – despite the government’s pro-EU mail-out to every household in April and an Electoral […]
10 Jun 2016

The public are switched off by #EUref ‘big beasts’

The past few months have seen the campaigns – perhaps understandably - wheel out the ‘big beasts’ from the various parties in an attempt to bring people over. But polling by BMG Research which we commissioned and have released today shows that almost all interventions from heavy-hitting Leave and Remain figures have made people more likely to vote to vote the other way, or had no impact, perhaps […]
9 Jun 2016

Good news on the registration deadline - now let's fix the system

Yesterday, we won a small but significant victory. After a technical error shut down the voter registration website just before the midnight deadline on Tuesday, around 50,000 people were denied the ability to sign up to vote. On Wednesday morning, we called for the government to extend the deadline for at least another 24 hours, starting a joint petition with Hope Not Hate – and we saw broad […]
7 Jun 2016

A Mayor for the Bucharest of Us

Photo: Palace of the Parliament, Bucharest Bucharest, Romania’s largest city and capital, has had a rocky four years since the 2012 local elections. The city is governed by a city-wide mayor and general council, and divided into six pizza-slice shaped sectors each with their own mayor and council. Of the seven mayors elected in 2012, six are subsequently either in prison or under investigation […]
7 Jun 2016

It's time to talk about automatic voter registration

Today is the deadline to register to vote in the EU referendum. In most of Europe, that concept would be considered strange. Every election we see the same thing: a huge rush to register to vote a day or two before the deadline. And it will be no less the case today. On Friday alone, 186,000 people applied to register to vote online, according to government data . That compares with the usual 10- […]
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% […]