Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Monday, April 25, 2016

Case study

Brexit (Britain's exit from the EU) won't be on the exam. The referendum isn't until late June. But it's a good case study of governance and sovereignty for the UK. The BBC offers details to consider. There's a 2-minute video in the midst of the column.

The UK's EU referendum: All you need to know
What is happening? UK Prime Minister David Cameron has announced a referendum on whether Britain should remain in the European Union to be held on Thursday 23 June. This article is designed to be an easy-to-understand guide - and a chance to ask other questions, a selection of which we'll be answering at the bottom of the page.

  • What is a referendum?
  • What is the European Union?
  • What will the referendum question be?
  • What does Brexit mean?
  • Who will be able to vote?
  • How will you vote?
  • What are the main changes David Cameron has agreed?
  • How does that differ from what he wanted?
  • Why is a referendum being held?
  • Who wants the UK to leave the EU?
  • Why do they want the UK to leave?
  • Who wants the UK to stay in the EU?
  • Why do they want the UK to stay?
  • So would Britain be better in or out?
  • What about businesses?
  • What are the rules for campaigning?
  • How much can the parties spend?
  • So who is going to be leading the rival sides in the campaign?
  • Which MPs are for staying and which are for leaving?
  • Will it simply be the case of all votes being counted to give two totals?
  • I'm away on holiday for the week of 23 June - can I still vote?
  • When will the campaigns actually begin?
  • When and how will the results be announced?
  • If the UK left the EU would UK citizens need special permits to work in the EU?
  • What about EU nationals who want to work in the UK?
  • Would leaving the EU mean we wouldn't have to abide by the European Court of Human Rights?
  • Has any member state ever left the EU, or would the UK be the first?
  • If we stay in do we keep the pound for ever?
  • How much does the UK contribute to the EU and how much do we get in return?
  • If I retire to Spain or another EU country will my healthcare costs still be covered?
  • Will the opinion polls get it wrong again?
  • Who counts as a British citizen?
  • How long will it take for Britain to leave the EU?
  • Could MPs block an EU exit if Britain votes for it?
  • What will happen to protected species if Britain leaves the EU?
  • How much money will the UK save through changes to migrant child benefits and welfare payments?
  • If we leave the EU does it mean we would be barred from the Eurovision Song Contest?
  • Do Commonwealth citizens resident in the UK on a limited work visa get to vote?
  • Can EU citizens living in the UK vote in the referendum?
  • What impact would leaving the EU have on house prices?
  • What is the 'red tape' that the opponents of the EU go on about?
  • Would Britain be party to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership if it left?



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