General referendum

The government holds a referendum when it wants to consult people on a particular issue.  They can also be held to consult on local issues, such as electing a mayor.

If you’re eligible to vote and are registered on the electoral list, you can take part in a referendum.

To date, the following UK-wide referendums have been held:

The Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA) sets out the legal framework for the conduct of any referendum held across the UK, or a referendum held in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.  It also applies to any regional referendums within England.