Referendum FAQ

Referendum FAQWhat is the legal basis for the Referendum?Provisions concerning the referendum are set out in the European Union Referendum Act 2015, adopted on 17 December 2015.When will the vote be held?The Referendum will be held on 23 June 2016.What will the question be?On the advice of The Electoral Commission, the question that voters will be asked is: ‘Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?’.Voters will be able to choose one of two responses: ‘Remain a member of the European Union’ or ‘Leave the European Union’.In Wales, a Welsh version of the question will also appear on ballot papers: ‘A ddylai’r Deyrnas Unedig aros yn aelod o’r Undeb Ewropeaidd neu adael yr Undeb Ewropeaidd?’The response choices will be: ‘Aros yn aelod o’r Undeb Ewropeaidd’ or ‘Gadael yr Undeb Ewropeaidd’.Who will be eligible to vote?The franchise for the referendum includes:British, Irish and qualifying Commonwealth citizens who are resident in the UK;British citizens living abroad, who can be registered to vote for up to 15 years after leaving the UK in the constituency they were registered in before leaving;Members of the House of Lords who can vote at local or European Parliamentary elections in the UK; andCommonwealth and Irish citizens who can vote at European Parliamentary elections in Gibraltar.What did the UK ask for?Prime Minister David Cameron set four key objectives for the UK’s negotiations, covering: economic governance, competitiveness, sovereignty, and immigration. Details were given in a letter to Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, in October 2015. Agreement was reached on the UK’s demands at a meeting of the European Council on 18-19 February. For more details, see our UK deal page.Who is leading the ‘Remain’ and ‘Leave’ campaigns?On 13 April 2016, the Electoral Commission designated ‘Vote Leave Ltd’ and ‘The In Campaign Limited’ as lead campaigners for the ‘Leave’ and ‘Remain’ sides respectively (The In Campaign Limited is the registered name of Britain Stronger in Europe). The benefits of being designated a lead campaigner include having a campaign spending limit of £7 million, referendum campaign broadcasts, and a grant of up to £600,000 to be used for certain spending.


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