What Britain can learn from Ireland and referendums

At least five come to mind

24th April, 2016
Britain should pay attention to Ireland's past referendums Pic: Getty

With the June 23 referendum on exiting the EU drawing closer, and opinion polls on a knife-edge, Brexit is now everywhere in British press headlines. The referendum brings Britain into political territory familiar here: Ireland has held 39 referendums, 9 of them on EU issues (compared to merely 12 British referendums, only one of them EU-related). What lessons can David Cameron draw from Ireland’s referendum experience? At least five come to mind.

1. Winning referendums is difficult...

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