Referendums Criteria Bill [HL] (HL Bill 9)




Make provision concerning referendums within the United Kingdom on
constitutional or parliamentary arrangements.

B e it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and
consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present
Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Referendums criteria

(1) A proposition to change constitutional or parliamentary arrangements that is
the subject of a referendum in the United Kingdom is deemed to be disagreed
to (notwithstanding the form in which the question appears on ballot papers)
5unless the following criteria are met.

(2) Before the referendum is held—

(a) each House of Parliament passes a motion that the proposition be
agreed to, and

(b) if in either House the motion is passed on a division, the number of
10members who vote in favour of the motion is equal to or greater than
two thirds of the number of those who vote.

(3) The number of those who vote in the referendum is equal to or greater than
55% of all those on the current electoral register.

(4) The number of those who vote in favour of the proposition is equal to or
15greater than 60% of those who vote in the referendum.

2 Extent, commencement and short title

(1) This Act extends to England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

(2) This Act comes into force on the day on which it is passed.

(3) This Act may be cited as the Referendums Criteria Act 2020.