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Isn’t that to do with the EU referendum?

Well yes—but it’s to do with all elections and referendums in the UK. In general terms, purdah refers to a pre-election period during which the activity of civil servants and government is restricted. During general elections, for example, while it is acknowledged that government cannot simply stop, departments are warned against taking major, long-term decisions or competing with the election campaigns for public attention.

Why are we talking about it now?

Because, with the referendum coming up, the rules governing the purdah period before it are up for debate. Purdah before referendums…

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