Campaigning around the EU referendum – update

As flagged up in advance, the Electoral Commission has published the first stage of its guidance on the referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union.

There are rules campaigners must follow on campaign spending, donations and reporting in the run up to the referendum.

The guidance so far covers:

  • an overview of the rules
  • how to register as a campaigner
  • the designation process

Available from the Commission website as various pdf documents.

Data protection

Separately, the Information Commissioner’s Office has an article  ‘Nine points EU referendum campaign groups should remember if they don’t want to break the rules’. This reminds campaigning organisations on key points from its guidance around data protection and electronic marketing rules.