United Kingdom

EU Referendum on 23rd June


Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that the United Kingdom will hold a referendum on whether to stay in or leave the European Union on 23rd June 2016.

The decision came after Cameron had completed his series of negotiations with the leaders of the other EU member states. The Prime Minister announced that his negotiations had been a huge success whilst Eurosceptics say that he has achieved very little. Certainly in terms of the promises made in the Conservative Party Manifesto in the 2015 general election the results of the negotiations fall well short of what has been promised.

Six Cabinet ministers have decided to campaign to leave the EU along with a further 20 junior ministers.

Voters across the United Kingdom will be asked “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?” to which voters will be given two choices “Remain a member of the European Union” or “Leave the European Union.”

The latest opinion polls have the two camps fairly evenly split with the most recent polls showing 54% wanting to remain and 36% wanting to leave (Ipsos MORI 13-16 Feb) and 36% wanting to remain against 39% wanting to leave (TNS 11-15 Feb). The last YouGov poll, which appears to have been the most accurate in judging voter intentions, which was published in early February had 45% wanting to leave and 36% wanting to remain in the EU.

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