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1

how do referenda get people more involved in democracy ?

- gives people a direct say in making decisions that affect them
- increases political participation

2

what was the turnout @ brexit?

72.2%

3

what is the only referendum where the result has been ignored?

1979 Scottish referendum

4

what were the results of the 1979 Scottish referendum

51% voted yes
32.9% turnout

5

why was the 1979 Scottish referendum ignored ?

there was an amendment to the 1979 Scotland act that said it would be repealed if the turnout was less than 40%

6

when did the European reform group send their letter to the PM?

6th feb 2018

7

how many MPs signed the letter? (including who?)

64 MPs, including Jacob Rees-Mogg and Ian Duncan Smith

8

what did they want (European reform group)?

suggesting ways to secure a hard brexit

9

how many Labour MPs and camppaginers wrote their letter

30

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who was the labour letter to?

the chair of Labour national executive committee

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what did they want? (labour)

urged him to consult their 500,000 members on their brexit policy

12

what was the turnout at the 2011 AV referendum ?

42.2%

13

why are referendums bad for representative democracy?

- we have elected representatives to make decisions on our behalf but not using them
- they are more educated and informed to make the best decision compared to the public

14

why does the public being less educated damage democracy

they can be easily manipulated e.g. brexit

15

what was the leave campaign promise regarding the NHS

we send the EU £350 million a week, lets fund our NHS instead

16

what was the vote split at Brexit?

51.9% leave
48.1% remain

17

what do momentum want to do regarding nationalisation

reverse privatisation of railways, energy sector and and public services

18

what do momentum want to do regarding redistribution

redistribute wealth and power from the few to the many

19

what is a party faction?

an organised group of politicians or supports who share a political viewpoint, set of ideas or loyalty to an individual or group

20

why are referenda good for lib democ?

ensure limited got

21

how do referenda ensure limited govt?

-power and decision given to people
-help to prevent Lord Hailsham's 'elective dictatorship'

22

in 2016, what were the people asked in EU referendum?

whether they wanted to leave or remain in the EU

23

why did EU referendum show limited govt?

decision made by people not govt

24

what could govt have done instead of referendum, regarding EU?

-put the question to parl
-pushed it through to get result they wanted - via use of whips

25

why would it have been bad if govt had put EU question to parl?

-result wouldn't have reflected views of people
-73% of MPs voted to remain vs 51% of British public voted leave

26

how do referenda not ensure limited govt?

they are not binding

27

what can govt technically do with referenda?

ignore the result - ignore the will of the people

28

what was the 1979 Scottish referendum on?

whether they wanted to create a devolved assembly

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what was the result of the 1979 Scottish referendum? what did govt do?

-51.9% voted yes but turnout = 32.9%
-govt ignored it and didn't give Scotland devolved powers

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why did 1979 Scottish referendum show they can be bad for democracy?

-they can be rejected by govt
-will of people can be denied = v. undemocratic