TIME TO DECIDE
We round up all you need to know about today’s crucial vote on the European Union
BRITAIN goes to the polls today (Thursday) to decide whether or not it wants to remain in the European Union.
It’s a test of public opinion that hasn’t happened since 1975 when the populace voted to remain a member of the European club. Everyone legally entitled to take part can vote and it is vital they do just that.
But what happens after the votes have been counted and the general consensus is known?
Tomorrow (Friday) whatever the result of the referendum, Britain will still be a member of the EU and nothing will have changed.
All eyes, however, will be on the Stock Exchange to see what the immediate kick-back of the result is on the financial markets.
Referenda are not legally binding and can be overruled by Parliament, which has sovereignty in the UK constitution.
Therefore, whatever the result of Thursday’s vote, Parliament has to agree to move forward on that basis.
However, Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to activate Article 50 of the 2009 Lisbon Treaty as soon as possible if the result of the referendum is to leave the EU.
It is that Article which begins the negotiations with the European Union member states for the UK’s exit. That process could take two years – or longer; there is scope to extend the negotiation period if all parties agree.
Once Article 50 has been triggered, the only way back into the EU is with the agreement of all member states.
Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday
Ballots will then be counted overnight at local centres before being delivered to a regional centre.
Once the regional counts are all confirmed, the full referendum results will be announced from Manchester’s Town Hall, this is expected by a breakfast time on Friday.
Your poll card will tell you which polling station to vote at, if you haven’t received one you can still vote as long as you are registered
If you have a medical emergency on the day you can appoint an emergency proxy. This is something you can apply for up until 5pm on June 23.
...Don’t forget to check getbucks.co.uk on Friday for all the results and reactions