require the holding of a referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of
the European Union; and for connected purposes.
Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and
consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present
Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—
Holding of a referendum
A referendum shall be held throughout the United Kingdom and Gibraltar on
the day specified by an order made by a Minister of the Crown.
The question to be asked in the referendum is—
“Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European
A Minister of the Crown may by order make provision in relation to the
determines the referendum period for the purposes of Part 7 of the
Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000;
requires ballot papers to be used by voters in Wales, after having set out
the question and the possible answers in English, to set them out again,
with equal prominence, in Welsh;
makes provision in relation to the conduct of the referendum,
entitlement to vote in the referendum and legal challenge to the
Every power of a Minister of the Crown to make an order under this section
shall be exercisable by statutory instrument.
An order under this section may be made only if a draft of the order has been—
laid before Parliament; and
approved by a resolution of each House.
There is to be paid out of money provided by Parliament—