European Union (Referendum) Bill

June 19th 2013

The full text of my Bill, which I am presenting for its first reading later today.

European Union (Referendum) Bill

European Union (Referendum) Bill

A BILL TO

Make provision for the holding of a referendum in the United Kingdom on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union.

 

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-

1. Referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union

(1)     A referendum is to be held on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union.

(2)    The referendum must be held before 31 December 2017.

(3)    The Secretary of State shall by order, and before 31 December 2016,appoint the day on which the referendum is to be held.

(4)    An order under this section shall be made by statutory instrument andmay not be made unless a draft of the order has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament.

(5)    The question that is to appear on the ballot papers is—

“Do you think that the United Kingdom should be a member of the European Union?”

(6)    In Wales, a Welsh version of the question is also to appear on the ballot papers, as provided by order.

2. Entitlement to vote in the referendum

(1)     Those entitled to vote in the referendum are—

(a)     the persons who, on the date of the referendum, would be entitled to vote as electors at a parliamentary election in any constituency, and

(b)     the persons who, on that date, are disqualified by reason of being peers from voting as electors at parliamentary elections.

3. Conduct of the referendum and further provisions

(1)        The Electoral Commission shall publish a report setting out its recommendations for the rules in accordance with which the referendum is to be conducted, further provisions about the referendum and the application to the referendum of provisions relevant to elections.

(2)        The Secretary of State, having regard to the report under subsection (1), shall by order provide for the rules in accordance with which the referendum is to be conducted.

(3)        The Secretary of State may by order give effect to further provisions about the referendum and the application to the referendum of provisions relevant to elections as recommended by the Electoral Commission.

(4)        An order under this section shall be made by statutory instrument and may not be made unless a draft of the order has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament.

4. Expenditure

(1)     There shall be paid out of money provided by Parliament-

(a)     Any expenditure of the Secretary of State in consequence of this Act; and

(b)     Any increase attributable to this Act in the sums which under any other Act are payable out of money so provided.

5. Short title

 (1) This Act may be cited as the European Union (Referendum) Act 2013.

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