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European Union (Referendum) Bill

Published Friday, June 28, 2013

This Private Member’s Bill was introduced to the Commons on 19 June 2013 and is designed to require the holding of a referendum on the UK’s continued membership of the European Union (EU) before the end of 2017. This Paper has been prepared as a guide in advance of the second reading on Friday 5 July.

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This Private Member’s Bill was introduced to the Commons on 19 June 2013 and is designed to require the holding of a referendum on the UK’s continued membership of the European Union (EU) before the end of 2017. This Paper has been prepared as a guide in advance of the second reading on Friday 5 July. A short guide to the passage of a Private Member’s Bill is also included. Although the Secretary of State is required to bring the orders governing the date and conduct of the poll before both Houses by the end of 2016 for affirmative resolution, the Bill does not enumerate the steps required, should there be a vote to leave the EU. Research Paper 13/42 Leaving the EU provides background information on the wider debate.

Commons Briefing papers RP13-41

Authors: Oonagh Gay; Vaughne Miller; Richard Kelly

Topics: Elections, Europe

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