What is the role of referendums in our democracy?

For some, referendums are a means for demagogues to undermine parliamentary sovereignty. For others, they’re a vital exercise in engaging citizens on crucial constitutional issues that can’t be settled by parties alone.

Yet referendums aren’t good or bad in themselves; they are a democratic tool with positives and negatives. The quality of information and debate can vary enormously.

A Better Referendum

Our Better Referendum online toolkit, organised with university partners, took advantage of digital technology to enable free, deliberative discussion to be a part of the EU referendum. Find out more in our report It’s Good to Talk.

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Lessons from the EU Referendum

A Better Referendum