Was the 2016 referendum really ‘the biggest democratic exercise in this country’s history’?

On 15th November 2018 in Parliament the Prime Minister said that in the 2016 referendum ‘the British people exercised their vote in numbers we have never seen before’. This was in defence of her Brexit deal and against a referendum on it. It echoes the statement in the July 2018 Chequers White Paper that the … More Was the 2016 referendum really ‘the biggest democratic exercise in this country’s history’?

Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC, MP: Brexit is an exercise in self-mutilation

“Brexit is an exercise in self-mutilation” was the stark message delivered by the Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC, MP, who addressed an audience of over 200 people of all ages at Hayesfield School on 20th September at an event organised by Bath for Europe. Mr Grieve is a key national figure in the ongoing Brexit drama … More Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC, MP: Brexit is an exercise in self-mutilation

Engaging with the public in Frome

Bath for Europe started our outreach programme late last autumn, taking our Saturday street stall and loyal band of volunteers to towns in Wiltshire and Somerset with Tory MPs. We’ve been to Midsomer Norton, Radstock, Keynsham, Bradford-on-Avon, Melksham, Chippenham, Corsham, Warminster and Trowbridge. This past Saturday we visited Frome for the first time where we … More Engaging with the public in Frome

The Will of the People? Thoughts on Democracy and Referendums in Modern Britain

A further EU referendum – a People’s Vote on any final Brexit deal – is now on the agenda. As a disastrous No Deal Brexit looms, support for a fresh referendum grows. But referendums are rarely used in Britain. Can a referendum result meaningfully represent ‘the will of the people’? Can referendums reconcile conflict in … More The Will of the People? Thoughts on Democracy and Referendums in Modern Britain