The Constitution Unit


The Future of Referendums in the UK: Launch of the Report of the Independent Commission on Referendums

11 July 2018, 5:00 pm–6:00 pm

Independent Commission on Referendums

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Council Room, School of Public Policy, UCL, 29 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9QU

In October 2017 the Constitution Unit established the Independent Commission on Referendums to review the role and conduct of referendums in the UK. The Commission met over eight months, took evidence, deliberated, and has now produced a detailed report containing comprehensive recommendations.

At this seminar, held to mark the report's launch, the Chair, Research Director and members of the Commission will discuss the recommendations and how they were reached, and consider what can now be done to take the proposals forward and thereby improve the future practice of referendums.

Full details of the commission and its work can be found on the commission web page.


Sir Joe Pilling, Chair of the Commission

Dr Alan Renwick, Research Director for the Commission

Jenny Watson CBE, former Chair of the Electoral Commission (2009­-15)

Deborah Mattinson, pollster and co-founder of BritainThinks

Chair: Robert Hazell, UCL Constitution Unit

Register now via Eventbrite

This event is being held at a slightly earlier time than our usual seminars so that those who wish to can go on to watch the England World Cup match. The event will now finish at 6pm. There are plenty of venues within a 5-10 minute walk from our event venue that will be showing the match, a small selection of which are below:

The Resting Hare
The Marquis Cornwallis
Mabel's Tavern
The Doric Arch
The Rocket
The Crown and Anchor
The Friend and Hand

As not everyone who asks for tickets uses them, to make sure we have a full house we register more people than places. We do our best to get the numbers right, but unfortunately we occasionally have to disappoint people. We therefore advise that you arrive in good time.