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B1338 - Capital Punishment (Referendum) Bill 2018 (Second Reading) watch

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    Referenda are unnecessary in British democracy. Parties should look at the polls, then have it in their manifesto. When they win, they can legislate.
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    A strong aye from me. I would prefer legislating it back into law right away, like Parliament did when they abolished capital punishment, rather than going to the people. However, baby steps.
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    (Original post by 04MR17)
    They are good adverts for the house. If they are so rare, then you can surely propose a more interesting topic.....
    Lots of things are "good adverts" apart from when they aren't. Especially if there is no mass PM odds of much recruitment are low, odds of recruitment that isn't just a vote in a GE or two even lower, with a lot of effort required. The point of them being rare is that they are a lot of work for no real gain. EU referendum was a genuine current affairs and constitutional matter. I believe there was a monarchy referendum (later ignored for giving the 'wrong' result) which was a genuine constitutional matter, even though barely anybody IRL actually talks about republicanism. This is neither a current RL issue, nor a constitutional matter.

    If you want to do something constitutional and even vaguely related to RL you want something like regional devolution
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    (Original post by Connor27)
    Why this topic? It’s something I’d be interested to see happen in real life, and I also had a failed attempt at this in the 24th Parliament.

    Why now? I think the lull in activity and the fact that we are halfway through a term makes the house more amenable to the idea of a referendum, making this more likely to pass.
    OK - to be honest I'd vote aye if the legalities were left to the government after the fact.
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    No, the death penalty is a violation of human rights.
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    No, the death penalty is a violation of human rights.
    Not really an excuse to oppose the bill. All the bill demands is a referendum be held on whether the Death Penalty be reintroduced into law, giving weight to public opinion to the matter. We could for all intents and purposes produce legislation after the referendum withdrawing from the ECHR if this proves popular enough.
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