TIME TO DE­CIDE

We round up all you need to know about to­day’s cru­cial vote on the Euro­pean Union

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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

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