OK. Cambo has called the UK to hold the 'Referendum' on 23rd June. What's the plan? People get to vote. Again. The 2015 General Election results : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election/2015/results
With the Tory vote at 36.9% and UKIP's 12.6%, with a turnout of 66% much could be made of those figures. Cambo is asking the public to vote for 'his' EU reforms, and vows to stay in the EU. Most will not. It is lost.
So, starting from a 'lost' position, 'lose-lose' lets loosely look at the cost.
When did the UK last have a Referendum? In 1975 on UK's continued membership to the EEC. 8 general elections later, why now? The last Govt. was co-alition Govt and the Lib/dem's refused to legislate. It is DC and his Conservative Govt. that has called this Referendum. The Tory party should be held to account and pay for it. Can they afford to? The last GE cost political parties £115mil (declared) , the last Referendum (National Poll) £75mil. http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/journalist/electoral-commis....
It is a National Poll and the public will be paying for it. Is it legally binding? Who is the contract with ... small print - wiki : "Legally, Parliament at any point in future could reverse legislation approved by referendum because the concept of parliamentary soverignty means no Parliament can prevent a future Parliament from amending/repealing legislation. However, it is unlikely many governments would attempt to reverse legislation approved by referendum as it would probably be controversial and potentially damaging to its popularity."
So, we have established it is a popularity contest, at a rough calc cost of £100mil to the UK to serve the purpose of ...
The BBC? Quite acutely asking "The question is always crucial in any referendum. The original 2013 suggestion from the Conservatives was: "Do you think that the United Kingdom should remain a member of the European Union. Yes or no". Some people thought this phrasing leaned too far towards the status quo (the current state of affairs) and the Electoral Commission, which has to approve the question, said it was not clear enough and proposed: "Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?" Downing Street and MPs have accepted the amended wording." ... linked to To Be or Not To Be, that was the Scottish Question : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-20512743
Questions, questions : Everything you need to know? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-32810887
What about Brits abroad? Expats Blogg estimates their are 5 million Brits residing abroad with approx 2 million eligible to vote. http://votes-for-expat-brits-blog.com/2016/01/25/undecided-voters-could-...
What about Brits Working abroad? http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=470
What about Non-Brits in Brit : "The eligibility rules will be broadly the same as for a general election, rather than local or European votes. Irish citizens in the UK are eligible. Residents from two other EU nations, Malta and Cyprus, also qualify, along with others from the Commonwealth." So, it's a Commonwealth vote ... 'exceptionists' ... http://thecommonwealth.org/media/news/commonwealth-day-2016-will-you-fly...
Demographically the 'National Poll', 'Referendum', 'Apopolytical Spin', whatever ... will be lost by the postal voting 'UK', British or 'Commonwealth' voting/vetoing public. Ah, so ... Royal Mail...
Anyhow, in my humbly bumbly the UK is facing a 'lose-lose', Cambo has lost the plot. Lost the lot. But, big butts, OK, however ... is it really fair to cast the 'blame' on DC? Abstain.
The European Union has crafted and 'engineered' this UK referendum. Had the EU the 'strength' or 'clout' to tell Cambo to 'do one' then yes, it would be a clear cut campaign. DC is a small fish in a big pond and has been sent by Mama Merkel to the naughty boys step, taking the rest of the UK with him. Tusks.
So, to conclude, in my humbly bumbly logigcal way - the European Union does not want a United Kingdom.
'To serve the purpose of ...' The EU.
Abstain? Abstention. Most unlikely >>>>> ;-) http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/23/baby-crisis-europe-brink-de...
The forward... left feet. Fleets. http://leftfootforward.org/
Oooh somin interesting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ka6OERznXh4
Almost, not quite ;-) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLeI2e2cPVw