The Referendum Party was a Eurosceptic political party, active in the
United Kingdom from 1994 to 1997. The party's sole objective was a
referendum on the nature of the UK's membership in the European Union.
It was founded in November 1994 by the Anglo-French multi-millionaire
businessman and politician James Goldsmith, an elected Member of the
European Parliament for the Movement for France party. In the build-up
to the 1997 general election, the Referendum Party spent more on press
advertising than either the incumbent Conservatives or the Labour
Party. It stood more candidates than any minor party had ever fielded in
a UK election (in 547 of the 659 constituencies), and won 2.6% of the
vote nationally, but failed to win any seats in the House of Commons.
Support was strongest in southern and eastern England, and weakest in
inner London, northern England, and Scotland. Goldsmith died in July
1997, and the party disbanded shortly after.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Referendum_Party>
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