This site contains government information on the EU referendum. No material was published on this website between 27 May and 23 June 2016, in line with the restrictions set out in the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000.

Questions & answers

The EU referendum takes place on Thursday, 23rd June 2016. On this page you’ll find information on the referendum.

What is happening?

On Thursday, 23rd June 2016 the UK will vote in a referendum on whether the UK should remain in the EU.

What will the referendum question be?

The referendum question will be: Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?

Who can vote in the referendum?

British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens aged 18 or over who are resident in the UK or Gibraltar will be eligible to vote. UK citizens resident overseas will also be eligible to vote, provided they have been registered to vote at a UK address in the last 15 years.

What information has the Government provided so far?

The Government has provided public information on EU membership ahead of the referendum on a number of issues.

Visit the publications page to view the papers the Government has published.

Where can I find more information about the campaigning rules?

The Electoral Commission has published guidance on campaign spending, donations and reporting in the run up to the referendum. In addition, the Government has published a document providing answers to FAQs on how the rules apply to businesses.

What is Brexit?

The word ‘Brexit’ is an abbreviation of the words ‘British’ and ‘exit’, used to describe the United Kingdom’s possible exit from the European Union.

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