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How to conduct a Greening referendum

Having three options on the ballot paper is even more complicated than it sounds

By Peter Kellner  

Former Education Secretary Justine Greening. Photo: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire/PA Images

Justine Greening has come out in favour of a People’s Vote—but with a twist. Instead of a binary choice—say, compromise deal versus no Brexit—she wants voters to judge three options: no Brexit, compromise or hard Brexit.

It would certainly be novel. Other countries have occasionally held multi-choice referendums; but these have generally been first-past-the post choices, such as when Australia picked Advance Australia Fair as its national song in 1977. What Greening wants is for voters to give their…

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