Can I start my own country? We ask an expert

Becoming an independent nation isn’t as simple as picking a name and a currency, says referendum expert Matt Qvortrup

Ever find yourself thinking about how society could be – if only you ran it? Now a new book, I Want to Break Free, tells you exactly how to start your own country. I spoke to its author, referendum expert and political scientist Prof Matt Qvortrup.

Even just the word “referendum” makes me feel tired. What keeps you interested in them?
Well, they’re the will of the people. They don’t have to be the last word on the subject; they can just start a negotiation. But you need a referendum to give you the mandate to start a new country.

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