What is a referendum?

A referendum is a popular vote held to decide a single issue of key political importance. All eligible voters cast their ballot, and the side winning the largest number of votes across the UK will win the referendum.

View all facts

Subscribe to our fortnightly newsletter

Get a round-up of The UK in a Changing Europe’s latest analysis pieces, videos, explainers, podcasts, reports, events, infographics and more, written by the organisation’s director Anand Menon. PS his mum says it’s "quite good".

Sign up to our newsletter

View our latest newsletter