Is a second referendum feasible? A dispassionate view from academics

The Constitution Unit of University College London headed up by Meg Russell has posed seven questions about a possible second referendum on Brexit in a blog post. Last month the Unit published the report of the Independent Commission on Referendums which can be read here.   

The summary…

  1. Would it be possible to hold a referendum in the time available?
  2. Isextending Article 50 feasible?
  3. How could a referendum be triggered?
  4. What might the options be?
  5. What form should the question take?
  6. What should the legislation contain?
  7. What are the alternatives?


Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London