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What is a referendum?

A referendum is a public vote held to decide a single issue of key political importance. There are no set rules for referendums in the UK – these are decided by Parliament in legislation on each occasion. In the UK’s EU referendum, a simple majority of voters across the whole country decided the outcome.

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