European Union Referendum Bill

Explanatory Notes

What these notes do 

These Explanatory Notes relate to the European Union Referendum Bill as brought from the House of Commons on 8 September 2015 (HL Bill 60).

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

· These Explanatory Notes explain what each part of the Bill will mean in practice; provide background information on the development of policy; and provide additional information on how the Bill will affect existing legislation in this area.

· These Explanatory Notes might best be read alongside the Bill. They are not, and are not intended to be, a comprehensive description of the Bill. So where a provision of the Bill does not seem to require any explanation or comment, the Notes simply say in relation to it that the provision is self-explanatory.

Prepared 9th September 2015