The UK’s EU referendum: Facts, Figures and all you need to know

Source: BBC, YouGov

Are you confused about the UK’s European Union membership and the upcoming referendum?

This blog will hopefully help you to learn more about the UK and EU relations ahead of the 23rd June Referendum…

Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union? This is the ultimate question of the referendum where you either vote yes or no as to what the UK should do in your opinion.

When is it happening?

23rd June 2016 in the UK.

Where/How do I vote?

Register to vote here at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote as soon as possible. You can register to vote firstly as a polling vote, where you vote yourself at a local polling station. Secondly, you can vote via a postal vote where you send your vote by letter to a local council or polling station. you can lastly vote by proxy, where you can register someone to vote on your behalf (if you give a valid reason why they are voting for you).

Who will be able to vote?

British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens over 18 who are resident in the UK, along with UK nationals living abroad who have been on the electoral register in the UK in the past 15 years. Members of the House of Lords and Commonwealth citizens in Gibraltar will also be eligible, unlike in a general election. Citizens from EU countries – apart from Ireland, Malta and Cyprus – will not get a vote. (BBC article at the top)

What is a referendum?

A referendum is basically a vote in which everyone (or nearly everyone) of voting age can take part, normally giving a “Yes” or “No” answer to a question. Whichever side gets more than half of all votes cast is considered to have won. (BBC article)

Who wants the UK to leave the EU?

Vote Leave are the campaigners to exit the EU.

The British public are fairly evenly split, according to the latest opinion polls. The UK Independence Party lead by Nigel Farage, which won the last European elections, and received nearly four million votes – 13% of those cast – in May’s general election, campaigns for Britain’s exit from the EU. About half of Conservative MPs, including five cabinet ministers, several Labour MPs and the DUP are also in favour of leaving. (BBC)

Who wants the UK to stay in the EU?

Britain Stronger in Europe are the campaigners to remain in the EU.

Prime Minister David Cameron wants Britain to stay in the EU, now he has got some powers back from it. Sixteen members of his cabinet also back staying in. The Conservative Party has pledged to be neutral in the campaign – but the Labour Party, SNP, Plaid Cymru and the Lib Dems are all in favour of staying in. US president Barack Obama also wants Britain to remain in the EU, as do other EU nations such as France and Germany. (BBC)

So far, the British public seems pretty evenly split on the issue with people aged 18-25 more likely to vote in, while people aged 60 and over more likely to vote out.

So would Britain be better in or out?

It depends which way you look at it – or what you believe is important. Leaving the EU would be a big step – arguably far more important than who wins a general election – but would it set the nation free or condemn it to economic ruin? Here is a rundown of the arguments for and against. (BBC)

What do you make of the EU Referendum?

Should we remain in the EU or exit? why do you believe we should remain? Why do you believe we should exit?

Comment below your views and questions 

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