The Constitution Unit


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

26 March 2018, 1:00 pm–2:30 pm

Independent Commission on Referendums

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Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH2 2PQ

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 Scottish experience of referendums.


Sir Joe Pilling, Chair of the Commission

Dr Alan Renwick, Research Director for the Commission

Andrew Wilson, co-founder of Charlotte Street Partners, former MSP and Commission member

Joyce McMillan, journalist and commentator

Professor Stephen Tierney, Professor of Constitutional Theory and Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law

Chair: Rebekah Widdowfield, Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

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