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Report: 'Democratic deficiencies' in Brexit

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>> Glaring deficiencies in democracy which led to an ill-informed electorate. That's the verdict of think tank, The Electorial Reform Society, on campaigning around Britain's Brexit vote. This is the first real postmortem since Britain's EU referendum and it hasn't exactly held back, criticizing the overall political debate here and even going as far as to say that some of the claims made by politicians were misleading.
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I'm Reuters' reporter, Jamie Reese, where here in Westminster, it might not make for easy reading. Some might want to turn away now. This Vote Leave bus claiming EU spending would go on the NHS did the rounds, as did a claim by the Remain camp that staying in would be worth 4300 pounds per household per year.
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Both have since been disputed, but that largely came after the June 23rd vote.>> One of the recommendations we're making is that an official body be tasked with that duty of calling out an extremely misleading campaign, adjudicating on it, and if it is wrong, of some sort of sanction.
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>> The Brexit vote has since been seen as a watershed moment in British politics. And a time when the media and public were flooded with claims and counterclaims. This report argues unique roles should have been drawn up for the UK's impartiality bound broadcasters.>> One of the problems with the referendum campaign is that some broadcasters will try and treat it like a general election, when it isn't.
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It shouldn't be about candidates and personalities. It's actually about a topic, a topic of vital national importance that matters to every single one of us. And what we would like to see is that Ofcom would look at an appropriate role for broadcasters, and what is different from a referendum campaign to a German election campaign.
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>> Extending the official campaign period to six months is another suggestion. And although the Brexit horse has already bolted, another may rear up around the corner. The report argues that referendums are set to be an increasingly common part of British democracy.