- denying the vote to 16- and 17-year-olds, the section of the population most likely to appreciate membership of EU
- preventing long-term residents of continental Europe who retain their UK citizenship from voting
- making a big song-and-dance about renegotiation and returning with an agreement which meets only a small part of his demands*
and now holding the referendum on 23rd June when so many English and Welsh football fans will be away in France for the European Nations Cup? Moreover, only just over a month after national elections in Scotland and Wales, some local elections in England and PCC elections throughout the nation, voter fatigue will have set in. Only the most EU-obsessed electors will be bothered to turn out.
* and on the social security front, less than could - and should - have been achieved by normal negotiations out of the public eye, in my opinion.