Should all major decisions go to a public referendum?

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I think that all major decisions in parliament should go to a public referendum.

  • My reasons for this opinion are as follows;
  • The decision made could affect a large majority of the public, for instance the trade agreement coming up, that could affect a wide superiority of companies, and trade markets. Furthermore, the public should be allowed to voice their opinions, and if the decision is made without the people having their say, it could cause confrontations and debate throughout the country.
  • I also think that if the public do not get a say, less and less people will vote for the party in charge, so they will lose their supporters and will not be in power. So, if parties want to keep their voters, they should allow them to stand up for their opinions.
  • But on the contrary, that could cause public unrest because they would be getting bothered about the fact that every month they have to go to vote.

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  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
    04 Feb 2020

    I have made this an Editor's Pick as it's the start of a really interesting discussion and it would be excellent to hear more opinions about this topic!

    To remind everyone... a referendum is when everyone gets to vote on a decision. For example the 2016 referendum on whether to remain in, or leave, the EU.

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    1. Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg efficient_armadillo | Boutcher C of E Primary School B
      Olivia @ the BNC's comment 07 Feb 2020

      thank you sooooooo much Olivia you really helped my comment

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  • Faringdon-logo-250x250.jpg accomplished_reality | Faringdon Community College
    04 Feb 2020

    I think that the public should get to be able to vote and make the decisions for our country rather than politicians that just want the best for themselves and don't really care about the rest of their country. I think that the public should be the ones to make the decision and so that its not just a few people making the decision. It also means that no one is relying on someone else to make decisions. This is what I think and I hope you take in my opinion.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      accomplished_reality's comment 04 Feb 2020

      What do you think might be the downside of this? Can you be open-minded and think of three?

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  • Highdown-logo-250x250.jpg elated_artic_fox | Highdown School
    05 Feb 2020

    This is one where i'm in the middle because people should have the right to vote and should be allowed to vote to make even the smallest decisions for our country whereas what harm would it make if the politicians made the major decisions, after all it is their job!

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  • Hammond School logo versatile_molecule | Hammond Junior School B
    05 Feb 2020

    On one hand, all major decisions should go to the people because major decisions affect all of us, what if the majority of people do not want to leave the United Nations but the government makes the country leave. It would be undemocratic and no one would get a say. This means that people might protest and as a result there will be lots of complications. In addition to this, if all the major decisions were made by the government then there would be lots more disagreement in the government because some politicians might think one way and others a different way whereas if major decisions were brought to the people then in would be settled: The people have voted in this way, this means we are doing this.
    On the other hand, if the government made all the decisions, then there would be more productivity due to fact that the country does not have to go through the process of a vote. For example: the government might want to allow under 16s to vote. According to Jo Swinson, going through the process of asking the public whether the voting age should be lowered to 16 would be an lengthy process. If the government was to do this without asking the people then the process of lowering the voting age would be shorter. In addition to this, if the government made all the decisions then the people would not have to go through the stress and pressure of voting. Increasingly, people are voting in certain ways because of peer pressure, it would be much less stress free for the people if the major decisions were left to the government.
    In conclusion, I understand that there are some up sides to not leaving major decisions to the people however if major decisions were not left to the people then there would be lots of disagreement and this could lead to further serious complications.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School happy_fact | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    05 Feb 2020

    I can see what you are saying accomplished_reality and actually that's exactly what I think too. I think that if politicians tried to sort out their own problems on their own, this would lead to a disaster. The reason I think this is because in the past leaders have a problem. The next thing they do is make sure no one else gets involved because they want to show their country that they are strong and can face whatever comes to them. They do their best to solve the problem but as I said it leads to a disaster.
    For example Neville Chamberlin got in a sticky situation with Adolf Hitler. He thought that he could solver his problem on his own. He did what he thought was the right thing to do which was to be kind to Hitler in hope that he would retaliate back in the same way. But Adolf used this chance to become more powerful and overruled Neville Chamberlin.
    So like I said if any leaders have problems, they can always rely on their country to give them a boost or idea to win VICTORY!!!
    Thanks for reading my comment,
    happy_fact

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      happy_fact's comment 06 Feb 2020

      Well done for using an example to support your reasoning. My question to you is the same I asked to acomplished_reality, what might be some downsides or challenges of a referendum?

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  • CuddingtonCroft-logo-250x250.jpg mindblowing_tree | Cuddington Croft Primary School
    07 Feb 2020

    I can see what your saying and really think it would be fairer if all votes went to the public. I think this because the outcome of the votes could effect people's lives so it only seems fair that the public get to vote in everything esies there isn't anything bad about it and there isn't something good about votes that only the goverment can get involved in that public votes don't have.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      mindblowing_tree's comment 07 Feb 2020

      An interesting suggestion - where would we draw the line between what's worth putting to a public vote, and what's not?

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    2. tom Tom @ the BNC
      mindblowing_tree's comment 07 Feb 2020

      An interesting suggestion - where would we draw the line between what's worth putting to a public vote, and what's not?

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  • CuddingtonCroft-logo-250x250.jpg mindblowing_tree | Cuddington Croft Primary School
    07 Feb 2020

    I think the things that affect peoples lives should go to the public like weather or not to leave the European Union, aswell as laws that are highly important. Though the public should know about all the votes that goverment are having, it's nice to have an opinion even if your not voting.

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg efficient_armadillo | Boutcher C of E Primary School B
    07 Feb 2020

    i mainly looked at the word major so i think yes for i have not actually heard of a decision made without the public, speaking of public referendums it would not be fair for just politicians to make heard decisions because it will probably make a lot of more complicated decisions and not everyone agrees
    this is my opinion

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School powerful_tomato | Lyons Hall Primary School A
    10 Feb 2020

    I think that things that will affect people's lives, such as Brexit, should be taken to the public.The public are meant to know what is going to happen in their country. They should have a say in weather their country should go through with it. However, it might cause a public disagreement instead of just a disagreement in the party.

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    1. Lyons Hall Primary School glad_skill | Lyons Hall Primary School B
      powerful_tomato's comment 10 Feb 2020

      i know what you are saying that the public should be aloud to vote but i think that the mp`s or the prime minister should choose and then once they have got there answers or there say then they should explain and see if the public agree or disagree. adding on to that on my opinion it might create a public argument and some other countries could get involved. (witch could also lead to war or something and Boris Jonson will be forced to resign.

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  • Bruntcliffe-logo-250x250.jpg artistic_imagination | Bruntcliffe Academy
    10 Feb 2020

    I think that not all major decisions should go to a public referendum because the government should be able to make decisions as well as the people.

    On the other hand all major decisions should be taken to a referendum because the people should have a part because it is there country as well and it could benefit the whole country.

    Overall it is half and half because some issues just the government should decide and some the public should have a say as well.

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg brilliant_blackberry | Noel Park Primary School
    10 Feb 2020

    I think that we should trust our government to make the right decisions for us. The whole reason we vote in the first place is so we can elect MPs who we trust to represent us in Parliament. If this voting system is effective, we should end up with a group of individuals who are representative of the UK population and well-equipped to make decisions on behalf of them, even when these decisions are important and potentially life changing, for example Brexit.

    If we have to go to a referendum, when do we make the decision that something is ‘big enough’ or ‘important enough’ for this to happen? If we trust our MPs to make small decisions for us, there should be no reason not to trust them with the big things too.

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    However, due to the FPTP way of voting, I don’t honestly believe that the people making decisions are representative of the whole of the UK. I think a lot of people, especially those who didn’t vote for the political party in charge, who would doubt whether the government was trustworthy or honest enough to make the correct decision. I feel that a referendum is an effective way for every single person to have their say on the most important issues. This is especially important for those may not have voted for the winning party in their local constituency.

    In conclusion, ideally a referendum would never be needed because we should be able to trust the people we have voted for. However, I can see why, under the current voting system, these are needed.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School steadfast_dove | Lyons Hall Primary School E
    11 Feb 2020

    Your reasons are the same as mine!!

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  • St Lukes logo emotional_fruit | St. Luke's C of E Primary School
    11 Feb 2020

    I can see what you are saying accomplished_reality and actually that's exactly what I think too. I think that if politicians tried to sort out their own problems on their own, this would lead to a disaster. The reason I think this is because in the past leaders have a problem. The next thing they do is make sure no one else gets involved because they want to show their country that they are strong and can face whatever comes to them. They do their best to solve the problem but as I said it leads to a disaster.
    For example Neville Chamberlin got in a sticky situation with Adolf Hitler. He thought that he could solver his problem on his own. He did what he thought was the right thing to do which was to be kind to Hitler in hope that he would retaliate back in the same way. But Adolf used this chance to become more powerful and overruled Neville Chamberlin.
    So like I said if any leaders have problems, they can always rely on their country to give them a boost or idea to win VICTORY!!!
    Thanks for reading my comment,
    happy_fact

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  • St Lukes logo emotional_fruit | St. Luke's C of E Primary School
    11 Feb 2020

    I can see what your saying and really think it would be fairer if all votes went to the public. I think this because the outcome of the votes could effect people's lives so it only seems fair that the public get to vote in everything esies there isn't anything bad about it and there isn't something good about votes that only the goverment can get involved in that public votes don't have.

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  • Hammond School logo decisive_spring | Hammond Junior School C
    12 Feb 2020

    I believe that for incredibly important decisions there should be one vote at the start of the decision, *cough,cough* brexit, but no others in that decision at that time.

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  • Hammond School logo determined_shrimp | Hammond Junior School B
    13 Feb 2020

    I think that not all decisions should go to a public referendum because.

    Firstly, it would take a lot of time out of people's lives voting in referendums when it is not their job to do so. You may have a busy job and have no time to vote or be in a place where you can't vote. People's important jobs and life would spend a lot of time voting on things they may not even understand as well as politicians. They are experts on voting and understanding big decisions so I feel that we are in safe hands having our MP vote for us which leads on to my second point.

    Secondly,a politicians job is mainly based on voting, and without it only being them who are allowed to vote it makes the job pointless. You would just be wasting precious days of your life in the House of Commons listening to a debate ,which you could do on TV, and make a vote which you could if you were just in the public. It would also give you unessesery pressure because if the Prime Minister finds out your vote you could be fired, unlike a normal citizen.

    On the other hand, people do have the right to vote for what they think will be better for the future. The result may be different to the House of Commons and we wouldn't be happy, but the vote for the MP wouldn't matter because you could vote for anyone and it wouldn't matter and the MP is meant to vote for what his constituents want, not themselves.

    In conclusion to this, there are lots of reasons for either side of the argument but I still think the way that parliament works now is better than a referendum for every decision.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      determined_shrimp's comment 13 Feb 2020

      A thorough outline of both sides, determined_shrimp. What was the reason that stood out to you as strongest?

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      1. Hammond School logo determined_shrimp | Hammond Junior School B
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 14 Feb 2020

        The point which stands out to me is the point about it wasting our time because it would cause people to waste precious time and you only live once so you should spend it enjoying it and people may not even be able to vote because they don’t have time. On the other hand, unlike before, you can vote online so that you are able to vote a lot more easily so this may not be a worry.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School victorious_bat | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    13 Feb 2020

    Yes, I believe all major referendums should go to the public because we live in a democracy. Also this is our country and we deserve to have a say in in referendums. If our prime minister and MP’s make unpopular choices that would not be fair on the public. So overall I personally we should have public referendums in major decisions.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School romantic_forest | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    13 Feb 2020

    Should all major decisions go to a public referendum?
    One the on side they should not because if it is something about how much Monet should go to climate change you will not vote about that or about big trades you will not vote on that because that is the prime ministers job.
    But on the other side they should because that money on climate Change could go to A n E to save some ones life and the trades , people will not be happy with the trade because it might not be the right thing to do. People might vote them out on there next vote because of that so they can have the old rules back.
    Personally I think that there needs to be a vote on every big deal . People will not like what the prime minister did and will not vote for him again .

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School invigorated_potato | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    13 Feb 2020

    Some major decisions are not always our business both Boris Johnson should have the right to decide on some things and not have to share with the government as after all he is the Prime Minister. He should b able to cope with some decisions or if he can’t then he most likely won’t survive long even with the mistakes that he has made he has inspired me and encourage me to do my best. nobody is perfect and as Stephen Hawking said “ with out imperfection neither you nor I would exist”.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School outstanding_potato | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    13 Feb 2020

    From my point of view I think there should be a public referendums for important things because on one hand they should go down to the public so they know what is going on in the world around them.
    On the other hand votes should go down to the people who know what doing(MPs). They can vote knowing what the correct thing is.
    In conclusion using reasoning I think there should only be major votes for the public when it could affect them in any way.

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  • Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg lovable_duck | Streatham Wells Primary School A
    13 Feb 2020

    I think it depends how major the decisions are because Brexit was quite a major decision that affected us so I think we needed to be involved in that and we needed to vote if we stayed.

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  • Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg industrious_moon | Streatham Wells Primary School A
    13 Feb 2020

    I think that if someone is 18 they might cause something terrible to where they live because of they're vote and because they're age.

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  • Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg serious_song | Streatham Wells Primary School A
    13 Feb 2020

    I do not think all major decisions should go to the public referendum because say if it was about a top secret file you would not tell the whole country but on the other hand the public need to have thier say

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  • CuddingtonCroft-logo-250x250.jpg fearless_cliff | Cuddington Croft Primary School
    13 Feb 2020

    I am in the middle for this topic as I believe that the people should definitely get a say on major things as it could significantly impact their lives however I also believe politicians should make majority of major decisions as it is their job. Also, there are many decisions taken every day, therefore there would be too many referendums.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      fearless_cliff's comment 13 Feb 2020

      I can see you're weighing up both sides and still finding it hard to come to a conclusion. A sign of a good question!

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  • Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg outstanding_passionfruit | Richmond Hill Academy
    14 Feb 2020

    well it depends on how we look at it it could be a good thing because the public are getting what they so therefore people cant say that people didn't get `what they wanted.But it also could be a bad thing because people could make stupid decisions like or will not thing things through or will go with what there friends want or there family instead of picking what is smarter and what you think. which can cause unfair voting which can lead to big mistakes like making a food trade mistake

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  • Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg kind_hurricane | Richmond Hill Academy
    14 Feb 2020

    it depends on what it is because we could pick something that other countries don't like but we don't know because we cant contact them

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  • Braiswick Primary School succinct_leaves | Braiswick Primary School
    14 Feb 2020

    I don't think all decisions should go to a vote because of the following:

    If everything went to a vote then some agreements would become flawed because some people voting don't really know what is going on; they just vote for what everybody else is voting for. Some decisions (like deciding a Cabinet Minister or what happens to an impeached president) are best for experts to decide on so if the public interfere things could become complicated with constantly having to vote for someone or something and lots of people will lose interest in what they're actually voting for, seeing it as a chore. But some can be opened to the general public like voting for a new Prime Minister since it directly affects the whole country by the decisions the leader chooses to make for the whole country.

    succinct_leaves

    But what happens when Parliament makes a decision without the general public? This actually happens quite a lot but we mostly don't hear about it because some decisions aren't that important and they don't get written about and some of them are so unimportant they are unknown. The MPs in Parliament ( The House of Lords, The House of Commons and the Sovereign) vote on a particular issue and debates usually take place as a result. In the end, a decision is made and some MPs have to abide by new laws for they've been outvoted from the Opposition. Decisions rarely go to the general public for politicians think it necessary to talk about it formally rather than everybody voting - in short, even though it is their country, the public are only allowed to vote in extremely rare circumstances.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      succinct_leaves's comment 17 Feb 2020

      Are they making a decision without the general public, if the general public has chosen them to be the ones who make the decisions? This is called 'Indirect Democracy'. Do you think it's the best way to get decisions made?

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg determined_orange | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    15 Feb 2020

    Same as fearless_cliff, I am in the middle as well because everyone should get a fair say and that is important because when we hear about other people views and opinion we might get an understanding of something or get an idea from it. But sometimes people use that opportunity to do bad things like making the wrong decisions (on purpose) or offending someone

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg determined_orange | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    15 Feb 2020

    This goes with the first half.

    with it. This can physically or emotionally hurt someone. Understanding both the effects of this topic what do think.

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  • Weston-Favell-logo-250x250.jpg funny_power | Weston Favell Academy
    20 Feb 2020

    I can understand other opinions on this matter. However I think that public referendums could be a waste of money and time for the country.
    It is not always that straight forward if you look at Brexit for example a lot of promises were made , such as money be ploughed into the NHS which has not happened but this made people want to vote to leave in order for this to happen. The information that was given out was difficult for people to know what was achievable and this caused confusion and people were left not knowing what to do.
    I agree a referendum can be good on the one hand as people get to vote on what goes on in their country, but on the other hand the information is not always accurate and truthful and therefore not always the best result for the country.
    Do we not employ the government to do this job for us?

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