Electoral Commission statement on UK Government leaflet ahead of EU Referendum

Referendum leaflet information

An Electoral Commission spokesperson said:

The Electoral Commission is responsible for regulating the rules on spending in the run-up to the EU Referendum. The rules on spending apply during the regulated period which starts on 15 April and ends on polling day, 23 June. The rules exclude spending that is met out of public funds, which includes spending by the government on the government information booklet.

After the referendum on Scottish independence, the Electoral Commission recommended that governments should conduct no taxpayer-funded advertising activity during the regulated period. However, Parliament decided not to put any legal restrictions on government activity until 28 days before the poll, 27 May. These are the same rules that were in place for other recent referendums.

For further information contact Electoral Commission press office:

  • 020 7271 0704 (Out of office hours: 07789 920 414)
  • press@electoralcommission.org.uk

Extra notes

Notes to editors

  • The Electoral Commission is an independent body set up by the UK Parliament. Our aim is integrity and public confidence in the UK’s democratic process. We regulate party and election finance and set standards for well-run elections and are responsible for the conduct and regulation of referendum held under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act (2000).