A referendum is when the electorate is asked to vote on a single issue. It can be a nation-wide vote or only based in a specific area.
There was a referendum in May 2011 to see whether there should be a change in the voting system at UK Parliamentary Elections. The result was that we would continue using the system we have at the moment.
There was also a referendum in May 2012 to see whether Birmingham should have a Directly Elected Mayor, or keep the current system. This is part of the Localism Bill which the Government passed in 2011. The result was that we would not have a Mayor, and keep the current system, for the time being.
The latest nationwide referendum, which took place on Thursday 23 June 2016 was on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union.
Here you will find the Referendum results: