EU referendum legislation comes into play

The government has announced that the European Union Referendum Act is to be brought fully into force on 1st February.

This means that:

  • campaigners will be able to register with the Electoral Commission from that date.
  • campaigners must start recording all donations received and loans entered into on or after 1st February for referendum campaigning that are over £7,500. These will be reportable by registered campaigners in pre poll reports
  • registered campaigners must follow the rules on checking permissibility of donations and loans before they accept them.

More in the Electoral Commission’s fifth update on the referendum (pdf, 129KB), available to download from their website.

Also see our previous news item.