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13:00 - 14:30 25 October 2016

The regulation of the EU referendum


Haldane Room | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

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Jenny Watson, Chair, Electoral Commission
Ric Bailey, Chief Adviser, Politics, BBC
Sir Peter Housden, Permanent Secretary, Scottish Government, 2010–15
Dr Paul Kildea, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of New South Wales

The EU referendum in June raised many questions about how referendums in the UK should best be conducted. Is it appropriate that the government could pump substantial resources into promoting the case for Remain before the final weeks of the campaign? Should there have been controls on the ability of campaigners to make misleading claims? Ought broadcasters to have interpreted their duty to maintain impartiality differently? Is the system of designating lead campaigners fit for purpose? Could anything have been done to promote more informed and thoughtful engagement from the public?

This seminar will explore these and other questions with four speakers who are uniquely well placed to provide a broad range of fresh insights.

The event will be chaired by Dr Alan Renwick, Deputy Director of the Constitution Unit.


Constitution Unit
+44 (0)20 7679 4977 | constitution@ucl.ac.uk


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