Explanatory Notes

What these notes do 

1 These Explanatory Notes relate to the Lords amendments to the European Union Referendum Bill as brought from the House of Lords on 1 December 2015 (Bill 103).

2 These Explanatory Notes have been prepared by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in order to assist the reader of the Bill and the Lords amendments, and to help inform debate on the Lords amendments. They do not form part of the Bill and have not been endorsed by Parliament.

3 These Explanatory Notes, like the Lords amendments themselves, refer to HL Bill 60, the Bill as first printed for the Lords.

4 These Explanatory Notes need to be read in conjunction with the Lords amendments and the text of the Bill. They are not, and are not meant to be, a comprehensive description of the Lords amendments.

5 References to the "2000 Act" in this document refer to the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000.

6 All the Lords amendments were tabled in the name of the Minister, apart from Lords Amendment 1 which was tabled by Baroness Morgan of Ely and which was opposed by the Government.

Prepared 10th December 2015