MPs debate motion on EU Referendum

29 February 2016

MPs debated a motion to approve the draft European Union Referendum (Date of Referendum etc.) Regulations 2016, which was laid before the House on 22 February 2016.

European Union Referendum

MPs voted to approve the draft European Union Referendum Date of Referendum etc.) Regulations 2016. (Division No. 201: Ayes 475 votes, Noes 59 votes).

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House of Commons Library analysis

The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs and their staff of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial. The Library has published briefing papers on the rules and regulations of the EU referendum.

Statutory Instruments

Statutory Instruments are a type of delegated legislation. Delegated legislation allows the Government to make changes to a law without needing to push through a completely new Act of Parliament.

The original Act (also known as primary legislation) would have provisions that allow for future delegated legislation to alter the law to differing degrees.

These changes range from the technical, like altering the level of a fine, to fleshing out Acts with greater detail; often an Act contains only a broad framework of its purpose and more complex content is added through delegated legislation.

Watching proceedings from the public gallery

UK residents and overseas visitors can watch proceedings in the House of Commons by visiting the public gallery.

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