„If there are further steps to European integration, the people should have their say at a general election or in a referendum.“

—  Tony Blair

"New Britain: My vision of a young country", p. 70.
1990s

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—  Mikheil Saakashvili Georgian-Ukrainian politician, President of Georgia and Governor of Odessa 1967

Inaugural address (2004)
Fuente: As quoted in "Georgia swears in new president" http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3426977.stm (25 January 2004), BBC News

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„When he stood in queues to vote in general elections, a few people criticised this practice, saying that a head of state should not be seen taking sides in an election. But the overwhelming response was that the President had done a service to democracy.“

—  K. R. Narayanan 9th Vice President and the 10th President of India 1920 - 2005

Venkitesh Ramakrishnan in: Citizen President K.R. Narayanan, 1920-2005. http://www.frontline.in/navigation/type=static&page=flonnet&rdurl=fl2224/stories/20051202005012500.htm, Frontline

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„We have rigged the latest election. 93.5 per cent have voted for Lukashenko. But they say it is not a European outcome. We have made it 86 per cent.“

—  Alexander Lukashenko President of Belarus since 20 July 1994 1954

Press conference for Ukrainian journalists (November 2006), as quoted in "Lukashenka Must be Dismissed From Office For Rigging Presidential Elections Results" in Charter97 (23 November 2006) http://www.charter97.org/eng/news/2006/11/23/fals.

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„If we are just going to have a fudged referendum on 'do we stay in or go further?“

—  Nigel Farage British politician and former commodity broker 1964

then that's not good enough.
Segment from a BBC News interview, 2 July 2012. Farage: 'Fudged referendum on EU is no good' http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-18669796
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„We will teach them to win referendums. For a referendum is an ideal way to manipulate people while maintaining their illusion of having chosen their fate on their own.“

—  Yurii Andrukhovych, libro The Moscoviad

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Original: (uk) Ми навчимо їх перемагати у референдумах. Бо референдум — це Ідеальний спосіб маніпулювати людьми, залишаючи в них ілюзію, нібито вони самі вирішують свою долю.
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„We should not pretend the referendum result can be undone.“

—  John McDonnell British politician (born 1951) 1951

Fuente: John McDonnell says Tories want 'bankers' Brexit' https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-37782041 BBC News (27 October 2016)

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„The Smethwick Conservatives can have the satisfaction of having topped the poll, and of having sent here as their Member one who, until a further General Election restores him to oblivion, will serve his term here as a Parliamentary leper“

—  Harold Wilson Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1916 - 1995

Speech in the House of Commons (3 November 1964) http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1964/nov/03/debate-on-the-address-first-day. The 1964 general election had seen the defeat of Wilson's Shadow Foreign Secretary Patrick Gordon Walker by Conservative Peter Griffiths after an allegedly racist campaign. Griffiths was indeed defeated at the next election but returned to Parliament in 1979 and served until 1997.
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„A very remarkable people the Zulus: they defeat our generals, they convert our bishops, they have settled the fate of a great European dynasty.“

—  Benjamin Disraeli British Conservative politician, writer, aristocrat and Prime Minister 1804 - 1881

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„If our social skills (that is, our ability to secure co-operation between people) had advanced step by step with our technical skills, there would not have been another European War.“

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„There should be no general election until 2020. There should be a normal Autumn Statement, held in the normal way at the normal time, and no emergency Budget.“

—  Theresa May Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1956

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—  Xi Jinping General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and paramount leader of China 1953

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„It is time for the British people to have their say. It is time to settle this European question in British politics. I say to the British people: this will be your decision.“

—  David Cameron Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1966

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—  Michael Moore American filmmaker, author, social critic, and liberal activist 1954

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„There is a proper role for referendums in constitutional change, but only if done properly. If it is not done properly, it can be a dangerous tool. The Chairman of the Public Administration Committee, who is no longer in the Chamber, said that Clement Attlee—who is, I think, one of the Deputy Prime Minister's heroes—famously described the referendum as the device of demagogues and dictators. We may not always go as far as he did, but what is certain is that pre-legislative referendums of the type the Deputy Prime Minister is proposing are the worst type of all. ¶ Referendums should be held when the electorate are in the best possible position to make a judgment. They should be held when people can view all the arguments for and against and when those arguments have been rigorously tested. In short, referendums should be held when people know exactly what they are getting. So legislation should be debated by Members of Parliament on the Floor of the House, and then put to the electorate for the voters to judge. ¶ We should not ask people to vote on a blank sheet of paper and tell them to trust us to fill in the details afterwards. For referendums to be fair and compatible with our parliamentary process, we need the electors to be as well informed as possible and to know exactly what they are voting for. Referendums need to be treated as an addition to the parliamentary process, not as a substitute for it.“

—  David Davis British Conservative Party politician and former businessman 1948

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