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Kim Spence-Jones ❄️ #FBPE @KimSJ
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THREAD: How we manage #peoplesVote

Guys, this is important, please pay attention.
We're on the verge of making the same mistake as the Leave campaign—not looking beyond our noses. We need a firm plan for how the next referendum would be run.
Here are the questions
(As those of you who follow me regularly will know, I am actually very nervous about having another referendum. It's risky, expensive, divisive and time-wasting. I'd much prefer it if MPs did the job we pay them for…
… and decided what's best for the country — socially, politically, economically, and for our international reputation. However, we are where we are, so if we're going to have a referendum, let's do it right.)
Firstly, what is the question we want on the ballot paper? My draft attempt:

"In the light of what we have learned since the last referendum about the benefits and difficulties of leaving the EU, should we:
[] Remain in the EU
[] Exit the EU on the terms now on offer"
(There should be a few paragraphs on the ballot paper outlining whatever deal/no-deal is available, with a summary of positive and negative implications.)

That's my second question: who writes that, and how is it agreed?
The next issue is the franchise — who gets to vote?
I propose that
• 16-18's DO (that may be seen as gerrymandering, but it's morally right)
• UK citizens resident abroad in the EU DO (even those abroad for more than 15 years)
(franchise part 2)
• UK citizens resident outside EU more than 15 years DON'T (it doesn't affect them much)
• EU citizens resident in UK who would qualify to vote in local elections DO
• Apart from that, the franchise should be as for a UK general election.
Should the result be binding? What should the threshold be?

The issue of thresholds can be avoided by keeping the referendum advisory. However, the Gov/Parl. should make it clear we will only consider leaving the EU if there is a clear and decisive majority for so doing.
(binding? cont…)
Making a near-irrevocable decision to leave on the basis of a narrow majority should never have been contemplated, especially as all the evidence is that the vast majority of younger voters are pro-EU, meaning that Brexit support will reduce over time.
Now we come to regulation of funding/spending.

I propose all registered campaign groups must have their finance controlled by an independent firm of accountants approved by the Electoral Commission.
(regulation cont…)
The Electoral Commission should also have the power (and funds) to order a full audit of any campaign group, including those too small to need to register officially. And to ask the police to conduct searches on its behalf.
(regulation cont…)
It should be illegal for persons to be attached to more than one campaign group, and illegal for members/volunteers of different campaign groups to meet or communicate in any way during the campaign period.
(regulation cont…)
The government should also make it clear that any significant breach of the rules by the winning side will be taken very seriously indeed and may result in Parliament ignoring the result.
Summary/Tl;dr. Here are the questions for #peoplesVote

• Wording on the ballot? Who writes it? (Including summary of options?)
• Who gets to vote?
• Binding? Threshold?
• Stronger regulation?

What have I forgotten?
Thing one that I'd forgotten 😳: what we do about the views of the four individual countries of the UK. I'd favour all four having a veto on this massive constitutional change, but would that fly?
Another good point. Time is very short. Could we get an extension of the deadline to run a ref? How would that interact with EU elections and budget decisions?
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