EU referendum: Watchdog urges changes to question
1 September 2015
From the section UK Politics
The elections watchdog has recommended a change to the question to be put to voters in a future EU referendum.
The Electoral Commission said the wording proposed by ministers – “should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union?” – could be perceived as biased to the status quo.
It has proposed adding the words “or leave the European Union?”
The government has said it will accept the changes although the final decision will be made by Parliament.
However, the development has been welcomed by those campaigning to exit the EU.
The vote on the UK’s membership of the European Union is due to take place before the end of 2017.
If the changes were made the options for voters in the referendum would be “Remain a member of the European Union” or “Leave the European Union” rather than the Yes/No options in the existing wording.
The watchdog said it was recommending the rethink after consulting members of the public, campaigners and academics.
Source:: BBC UK