The Labour-led Government's decision to hold a referendum should be celebrated — even by those who wish to oppose liberalisation. It allows a societal debate on an issue of importance for many people. The Green Party should also be thanked for progressing the question.

That doesn't mean the newly-announced referendum process for next year has been well-designed. Unfortunately, there seems to be plenty of room for things to go wrong. There is certainly going to be confusion and uncertainly as a result of how the Government has decided to proceed with the referendum.

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