Unless you are either terminally apathetic, or have been living under a rock for the last couple of years, you will no doubt be aware that on the 23rd June 2016 the UK will be making a very big decision regarding its EU membership. I have personally be hearing about an EU Referendum for as long as I can remember and it’s finally here.
I have had many discussions regarding our membership over the years and it seems there are as many opinions and reasons for either remaining or leaving as there are people eligible to vote in the EU Referendum. The arguments I have heard range from the emotionally charged single-issue kind to the ideological kind and everything in-between.
As is the spirit of this web site, rather than push my own opinions and feelings on the topic I wish to gather together a collection of balanced information and articles. Hopefully, to cut through the noise and present unbiased resources to help make the right decision, whatever that ends up being. Personally speaking I’m still undecided so this is a valuable exercise for me personally as I hope it will be for others reading this.
It’s fair to say that none of the parties (other than UKIP) appear unanimous in their opinion in either direction. This only really serves to make the decision much harder at an individual level due to these differing opinions.
Articles on UK EU Referendum
UK Government Position
The UK Government and David Cameron have made their position clear. They have also started sending a leaflet detailing their position to every UK household. This fact itself has caused a lot of controversy through the fairly large expense to the UK tax payer and it has caused a lot of discussion in terms of what was and was not included.
They have also produced a web site that provides more details on their position which you can view here. They have also produced a quiz which you can complete to test your own personal knowledge on the EU. However the test is only 8 questions and seems to be pretty pointless in relation to the question of whether we should remain in the EU or not.
From our testing of the Quiz:
- Even if you score as low as 3/8 you’re told “You’re clearly well informed. Keep exploring the EU referendum for more information on the EU referendum.”
- A score of 8/8 yields “You’re clearly well informed about the EU. Keep exploring the EU referendum site to find out more.”
- A score of 0/8 still congratulates you with “Good Try! Keep exploring the EU referendum site for more info on the upcoming EU referendum. “
Seems pretty useless all in all.
Watch the 10 Downing Street Statement
European Union Referendum Act 2015
An Act to make provision for the holding of a referendum in the United Kingdom and Gibraltar on whether the United Kingdom should remain a member of the European Union.
Organisations, Campaigns & Research
Europe – Full Fact Check
What the UK Thinks
BBC Explanation of the Issue
The Leave Alliance
Our vision is for a United Kingdom as a self-governing, self-confident, free trading nation state, releasing the potential of its citizens through direct democratic control of both national and local government and providing maximum freedom and responsibility for its people.
The history of Britain for a thousand years has been as a merchant and maritime power playing its full role in European and world affairs while living under its own laws. It is our view that the UK can flourish again as an independent state trading both with our friends in the EU and the rest of Europe, while developing other relationships throughout the world as trading patterns evolve.
Another Europe Is Possible
Another Europe Is Possible is the campaign for a radical ‘in’ vote in the EU referendum on 23rd June 2016.
We have come together as activists and campaigners to build a Europe of democracy, human rights, and social justice. We don’t believe a British exit from the EU offers a path towards the social, citizen-led Europe we so urgently need. That’s why we are saying ‘stay in Europe to change Europe’.
Submit Something For Inclusion
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Get Registered to Vote
The obvious first thing to do is to ensure you are registered to take part. The deadline for registration is the 7th June 2016. The government has put together a site to detail all you need to know about this process – About My Vote.
In England, Scotland or Wales, you can register to vote online at gov.uk/register-to-vote.
In Northern Ireland, visit our Register to vote in Northern Ireland page to download a registration form. (here is a direct link to the registration form PDF)
How do I check if I’m registered to vote?
Every local authority holds the electoral register for their own area. There is no online electoral roll.
To check if you are registered to vote, you will need to contact your local electoral registration office. To find the contact details for your local electoral registration office, enter your postcode in the Your local area section of the About My Vote homepage.