The Constitution Committee’s report on the European Union Bill has just been published. To quote from the press release:
“The House of Lords Constitution Committee warns that the EU Bill represents a radical step-change for the UK in adopting referendum provisions on such a large scale. This is inconsistent with the Government’s statement that referendums are most appropriately used to decide fundamental constitutional issues.”
You can read the report here. The Bill has its Second Reading in the Lords on Tuesday.
And as to why it is more appropriate to refer to referendums rather than referenda, see here.