Monthly Archives: July 2010

Electoral Reform Referendum … why no EU Membership Referendum?

It was announced today that the UK will be holding a Referendum next year.

If it is so easy to hold a Referendum on changing the method for voting for Members of the UK Parliament at Westminster why not throw in a few extra questions in the Referendum at the same time. I can think of one very easy question that is to the point and can be answered with a simple “Yes” or “No” to give the UK Electorate their long-awaited say on UK membership of the EU.

“Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the EU?” is just as easy a question (if not more so!) as asking people whether they want less UK MPs, to have the UK adopt the AV+ Electoral System and adopt changes to the boundaries of the UK Parliamentary Constituencies so that all MPs each represent an equal number of constituents!

If the UK Government need to ask the UK Electorate for permission to change the UK Electoral System, the number of parliamentarians there should be going forward and for constituency boundary changes … why is the UK Government not prepared to ask the UK Electorate about continued UK Membership of the EU for the very same permissions and consent going forward?