Contingency planning: the 1975 and 2016 referendums

5 March 2019

This report asks two questions about government preparations for these two referendums:

  • Why did officials and ministers plan for a ‘no’ vote in 1975 and what were their main considerations?
  • Why did the same rationales for preparing for withdrawal negotiations in 1975 not apply in 2016?
  • Should a government that holds a referendum develop a strategy for implementing an outcome it does not support?
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The views expressed in this research paper are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the UK in a Changing Europe initiative.

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