EU Referendum Voter Registration

The referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union is on Thursday 23 June 2016. Are you registered to vote yet?

A referendum is being held on Thursday 23rd June to decide whether the United Kingdom should leave or remain in the European Union and the SRC would encourage all eligible students to register to vote by the deadline of 7th June.

Who can 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.
  • 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.

If you’re unsure if you are eligible to register to vote you can find more information and advice on the About My Vote website.

How can I register to vote?

Registration can be completed online in around 5 minutes on the UK government’s website:

Why should I vote?

If you’re not sure of why voting in this referendum is important or how it could affect you, you may want to consider some of the implications of Britain remaining or leaving the European Union. The Guardian has published a good synopsis of the history behind the referendum and the main issues to consider here.

As you may have guessed already, this isn’t a simple issue however GUSRC believe that Britain is stronger in Europe and we would encourage all eligible students to register to vote and to back the Remain campaign: Britain stronger in Europe – the campaign to remain in the European Union

EU referendum ballot paper
EU referendum ballot paper