Latest Issue

The constitutional monstrosity in respect of referendums cannot be allowed to continue

Bring direct and parliamentary democracy back together

By Andrew Adonis  

Chief Counting Officer Lloyd Jones at the Welsh Office in Cardiff when he announced the result of the Welsh referendum on devolution. All eight Welsh counties recorded a resounding 'NO' vote. Photo: PA/PA Archive/PA Images

Britain faces its most severe constitutional crisis since 1688. But while the Glorious Revolution established the primacy of parliament, the Brexit Revolution threatens to subsume it under populism.

This populist revolution has a constitutional cause. It is the detachment of referendums from parliamentary democracy. 

In the same way that parliament transferred the selection of party…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect