difference between elections and referendums

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In what ways do elections and referendums differ in the UK? A referendum is when an entire electorate votes on a specific issue. This is separate to an election because an election is when the entire electorate is shown a various amount of parties with many different policies and they choose which one best suits them. The vote on them and the party with the majority vote will represent the country or borough making decisions on behalf of them. This differs because and election is not asking a specific question; which will change a constituency or law whereas a referendum is asking a question for example whether abortion should be legalized, this would be asked because it is an issue, which directly affects the population and cannot be accurately answered by representatives. A referendum does not result in a new parliament or prime minister coming into play. Referendums in the UK don’t have to happen at specific times such as elections which are held every 4 to 5 years in the UK. For example the last election was in 2005 and the one before was in 2001 and before that was 1997, we have re-elected labor throughout since 1997. Referendum use has increased since 1997 when labor was voted in tallying up to a total of 7 out of a total 10 in the UK. The referendums were held when deemed necessary and not at regular intervals such as elections. Though referendums and elections are alike in a way that everyone is entitled to give their take on what the result should be also they are both held in polling stations and both result in a change which will affect the entire country in one way or another. To what extent do referendums promote democracy? In order to give you a full view of the way referendums promote democracy, showing you what the fundamentals of democracy are and showing how the two sit hand in hand is what I shall do. Democracy means people
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