Could we have a second EU referendum? What would be on the ballot? And how long would it take?by Alan Renwick / February 9, 2018 / Leave a comment
There is increasing talk of another referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union. Once a Brexit deal has been agreed in the autumn, advocates say, voters should get to decide whether to accept it. Voters started the Brexit process, the argument goes, so they should determine how it ends too.
Whether we like this idea or not, it is worth thinking through what would be involved. What would the referendum actually be about? How long would it take? Is it feasible given the constraints of Article 50?
The question on the ballot paper
What would the referendum be about? The simple answer is that voters would accept or reject the deal negotiated in Brussels between the UK government and the heads of the remaining 27 EU states.
That is all very well, but what if voters rejected the deal? What would be the alternative on the ballot paper?