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Electoral law—referendum conduct

Published on: 01 July 2016
Published by: LexisPSL
  • Electoral law—referendum conduct
  • How has this referendum been conducted?
  • Do you think the lack of sanctions such as section 106 of the Representation of the People Act 1983 (RPA 1983) has resulted in a lack of accountability in the pledges made by the protagonists some of which have now been withdrawn?
  • Has the conduct of the referendum campaign been legally compliant?
  • Has the referendum itself been compliant in terms of electoral law?
  • Is a legal challenge anticipated? If so, on what grounds, what are the next steps and what is the likely outcome?
  • Was the PM/government response to the referendum result as anticipated?
  • Is the decision to trigger/to fail to trigger article 50 of the Lisbon treaty open to judicial review unless it is fully debated and approved by the Parliament?

Article summary

Public Law analysis: With the EU referendum returning a vote that Britain should leave the EU, Bob Watt, Professor of Law at Buckingham University, examines the spirit and methods of the campaigns and how they sat within the required legal framework. Suggesting that much of what happens next is now a political consideration that may yet rest with Parliament, we are certainly in for interesting times ahead. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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