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How to design a second referendum ballot 


On the difficulties of giving a choice

By Wolfgang Ernst  

Bundles of ballot papers at the counting centre in Manchester Central after the 2016 referendum. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Archive/PA Images

If a second EU referendum becomes a serious possibility for the UK, the design of the ballot paper will become a battleground in its own right. This article is not in itself a plea for or against a second referendum. It merely seeks to evaluate some available options for the form the ballot might take.

Many countries, most notably Switzerland, have considerable practice of phrasing referendum questions. Expertise is…

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