The united Kingdom European union membership referendum, also known as the EU referendum and the Brexit referendum, took place on 23 June, 2016 in United Kingdom and Gibraltar to gauge support for the country either remaining a member of or leaving, the European union (EU). The referendum resulted in 51.9% of voters voting in favour of leaving the EU. The Government initiated the official EU withdrawal process on 29 march, 2017 which put the UK on course to complete the withdrawal process by 30 march, 2019.
If you want to have your say on the future of Britain’s role in the EU, you need to be on the electoral register, which means registering to vote. You must make sure you register in the place where you intend to vote – usually using your permanent home address.
You need not require to register specifically to vote in EU referendum. If you have registered in the previous election, have not changed the name or address and plan to vote, you do not need to register again.
Check your eligibility: Can you vote in the EU referendum?
You can vote in EU referendum if you are 18 or over as on 23 June and are one of the following :
- A British citizen living overseas who has been registered to vote in the UK in the past 15 years.
- A British or Irish citizen living in the UK.
- A commonwealth citizen living in the UK who does not require leave to remain in united Kingdom (UK).
- An Irish citizen living overseas who was born in Northern Ireland and who has been registered to vote in Northern Ireland in the past 15 years.
You can’t register for vote if you are leaving in UK illegally.
How do you check if you’re registered to vote?
Every local authority holds an electoral register for its area, which indicates who is registered to vote. However, there is no online electoral roll. If you are not sure whether you are registered to vote, you can contact your local electoral registration office and find it out.
How do you vote?
- In person at your polling station
If you are on electoral register, you should have received a polling card through the post which has your name, address of your polling station and you polling number printed on it. Polling stations are generally set up in public buildings such as schools, community centres, and village halls near the place you live. Most people vote in person on Election Day. If you have listed your polling card, the office will able to tell you where your polling station is.
- By post
To apply for voting by post, you will need to complete a postal vote application form. You will receive your ballot paper by post. A ballot paper can also be sent overseas and you can vote using it.
- By proxy
Voting by proxy means nominating someone you trust to vote on your behalf. This person must be registered and eligible to vote in the referendum. To apply vote by proxy, you will need to complete a proxy vote application form. Once approved, the other person can go and vote on your behalf.