Let the People Speak … But Make the Politicians Decide

O'Hara, Kieron (2006) Let the People Speak … But Make the Politicians Decide Yorkshire Post, p. 13.


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There have been a number of recent calls for referendums, for two reasons. First, some argue that ratification of the reshaped EU constitution can only be done on the back of a referendum. Second, others argue that the 'disconnect' between politicians and voters means that more power should be transferred to voters. This article examines the constitutional position, and also assesses Britain's one national referendum, in 1975, and concludes that there is no advantage to be gained by transferring power away from Westminster.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Referendum, democracy, 1975, European Union, EU constitution, Tony Benn, Enoch Powell, Harold Wilson, Edward Heath
Organisations: Web & Internet Science
ePrint ID: 263426
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September 2006Published
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2007
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 19:53
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/263426

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