You can’t miss it – make sure you are registered by 7 June to take part in the EU referendum

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The referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union is on Thursday 23 June 2016.


What is the referendum about?

A referendum asks you to vote on a question.

For this referendum the question is:

Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?


Can I vote in the EU Referendum?

You can vote in this referendum if you are registered to vote in the UK, are 18 or over on 23 June 2016 and are:

  • A British or Irish citizen living in the UK, or
  • A Commonwealth citizen living in the UK who has leave to remain in the UK or who does not require leave to remain in the UK
  • A British citizen living overseas who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years
  • An Irish citizen living overseas who was born in Northern Ireland and who has been registered to vote in Northern Ireland in the last 15 years

How do I register to vote?

If you want to have your say at the EU Referendum, you must be registered to vote.

In England, Scotland or Wales, you can register to vote online anytime at gov.uk/register-to-vote.

If you are a British citizen living abroad, you can register to vote online in the same way.

In Northern Ireland, visit our Register to vote in Northern Ireland page to download a registration form.

If you are an Irish citizen living abroad who was born in Northern Ireland, visit the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland website to download the correct form.

Do I need to re-register to vote in the EU Referendum?

Anyone who was already registered to vote (or recently registered) before the 18 April deadline for the elections taking place across the UK on 5 May will also be registered to vote at the EU Referendum and will be able to cast their vote. You do not need to re-register.

If your circumstances change, for example you move home between now and the EU Referendum registration deadline on 7 June, then you will need to re-register at your new property.

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