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17/12/2015

European Union Referendum Act 2015 passed

Subject: Law, Lawmakers and Lawyers

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

The European Union Referendum Act has been passed by Parliament whereby a referendum is to be held on whether the United Kingdom should remain a member of the European Union. The Government is empowered to appoint the day on which the referendum is to be held but must be no later than 31 December 2017.

The Act requires that the specific question which must appear on the ballot papers is: “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?”. The alternative answers to that question which must appear on the ballot papers are:

* “Remain a member of the European Union”

* “Leave the European Union”.

Those entitled to vote in the referendum are broadly UK electors who are entitled on the date of the referendum to vote as electors at a parliamentary election in any constituency, and peers (who are normally disqualified).

The constitutional convention is that Parliament and the Government would implement the decision reached on a majority of the votes on the questions in the Referendum but there is no requirement in the Act to do so.

 

 

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