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EU referendum: does the question really matter?

The status quo tends to triumph in British referendums

By Peter Kellner  

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Is David Cameron trying to pull a fast one? We now know the wording he wants for his in-out referendum on British membership of the EU. It could scarcely be simpler: “Should the UK remain a member of the European Union?” We shall be asked to vote “yes” or “no”.

Not surprisingly, Ukip’s Nigel Farage says the question is unfair: “It is a simple straightforward, unambiguous question. That much is clear. However that Cameron…

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