Sara Hobolt

What lessons can Britain learn from other EU referendums?

Although the upcoming UK referendum on EU membership will only be the second time the British electorate has voted on its participation in the integration project, over 50 referendums have been held elsewhere in Europe on other aspects of European integration. Sara Hobolt assesses what lessons these referendums might have for the UK, noting that there are four key […]

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    The purdah controversy – setting the rules of the referendum game

The purdah controversy – setting the rules of the referendum game

The Government’s defeat in the House of Commons shows that it most likely will have to accept the purdah restrictions that it previously rejected as unworkable. Here, Sara Hobolt what purdah is and why the issue has been so controversial.

On Monday 7 September the newly elected Government suffered its first defeat in the House of Commons, losing a vote […]