How to ban referendums: the Referendum Banning Act 2016

21st June 2016

Here is my modest proposal for a short Act of Parliament for banning referendums.  You will see how it would make such a ban irreversible.


Referendum Banning Act 2016

1. The holding of a referendum is hereby prohibited.

2. This Act can only be repealed by a referendum.

That should do the trick, shouldn’t it?


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9 thoughts on “How to ban referendums: the Referendum Banning Act 2016”

  1. ‘Fraid not; you’ve not barred amendments. An amendment to delete s2 leaves it open subsequently to repeal in the ordinary course.

  2. There is nothing wrong with referendums. We, the British people should have been given a referendum on whether to commit our forces to an illegal war in Iraq. It is how that referendum is offered and the disgusting lies and vicious hate mongering that has made this particular referendum so toxic.

    1. Considering the level of support for the war among the media and politicians, I don’t think it’s a given that a referendum would have saved us. It’s fundamentally not an environment that supports intelligent discussion.

  3. Agreed. The world is too damm complex to be reduced to yes no questions.

    Am told they are banned in Germany?

  4. A couple of other amendments that the law might consider –

    along with Cigarettes .. how about plain paper “battle buses”

    communicating known falsehoods in campaigns to made a criminal offence – where proved to have known to be false at the time a good stretch in chokey, where accidental simply ban the offenders from holding public office

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