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Britain revels in royal nuptials -- but another union is at risk

Published 02/05/2011 | 05:00

Tensions within Britain's fragile coalition government will reach their peak on Thursday when the referendum on controversial proposals to change the voting system for the House of Commons takes place.

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All the opinion polls indicate that the verdict will be a resounding 'No' to the proposal to switch to a very limited form of proportional representation. If those forecasts turn out to be correct, it will be a disaster for the deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, the leader of the Liberal Democrats.

Clegg confessed at the weekend that he "cowers" in the garden to smoke a few furtive cigarettes every day because his wife disapproves of the habit and his young children do not know he does it.

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