EU referendum: ‘Significant’ changes to rules for vote
2 September 2015
From the section UK
The government is set to announce “significant” changes to its planned rules on an in-out EU referendum.
The changes will focus on the so-called purdah rules, which stop ministers using public money to campaign for one side, from 28 days before such a vote.
The government had wanted to suspend these laws so ministers could continue to discuss European matters in public.
Some Tories argued this would favour the pro-EU camp and now restrictions are likely to stay but with exceptions.
The Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 sets out a 28-day period ahead of any referendum, during which ministers, government departments and local authorities are banned from publishing material relating to the issue in question.
‘Shadow of doubt’
Prime Minister David Cameron claimed suspending these rules was necessary to allow the government to continue dealing with EU matters during the referendum period.
Ministers also said the purdah rules would stop them being able to defend the national interest in Brussels.
Source:: BBC UK