The Constitution Unit


The Independent Commission on Referendums: who, what, why and how, Belfast Seminar

26 April 2018, 1:00 pm–2:30 pm

Independent Commission on Referendums

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The Senate Room, The Lanyon Building, Queen's University Belfast, University Road, Belfast, BT7 1NN

In October the Constitution Unit launched an Independent Commission on Referendums, to review the role of referendums in British democracy and consider how their rules and practice could be improved. The Commission is meeting monthly, and intends to report in the summer of 2018. At this seminar the chair and members of the Commission will discuss their task, how they are setting about it, and the input they need from other experts and the public to ensure the Commission draws on the widest possible evidence base. They will make particular reference to recent Irish experience of referendums.

Confirmed speakers: 

Chair: Dr Paul Nolan, Independent researcher, author of Northern Ireland Peace Monitoring Reports, a recent study of loyalist flag protest and member of Northern Ireland Policing Board

Ann Watt, Head of Electoral Commission, Northern Ireland

Sir Joe Pilling, Chair of the Independent Commission on Referendums

Dr Alan Renwick, Research Director for the Independent Commission on Referendums

The Rt Rev. the Lord Eames OM, member of the Independent Commission on Referendums, former Anglican Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of all Ireland and crossbench peer in the House of Lords

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