Make sure you can vote in the referendum

The EU referendum – widely described as the most important political decision the UK has faced in a generation – is looming large. Voting will take place on Thursday 23 June 2016.

ballot boxTo vote in the EU referendum, you must be registered on the electoral roll by midnight on Tuesday 7 June.

The easiest way to do so is online, at It only takes 3-4 minutes. Having your National Insurance number to hand helps, but isn’t essential. Or you can contact Leeds Electoral Services at the Town Hall on The Headrow, LS1 3AD; or call them on (0113) 222 4411.

Contrary to some rumours going about, you DON’T need to re-register specially for this vote. If you were registered to vote for the recent local elections, and haven’t moved or changed your details since then, you are automatically registered to vote in the referendum.

To vote in the referendum, you need to be 18 or over on the 23rd June, and essentially you need to be a British citizen, or an Irish citizen living in the UK, or a Commonwealth citizen living permanently in the UK.

Should we stay or should we go?

South Leeds Life are hosting two public debates on the EU referendum:

Wednesday 1 June, 7.30pm (doors open at 6.30pm)
at The Hunslet Club, Hillidge Road, LS10

Friday 10 June, 7.30pm (doors open at 6.30pm)
at Arts@Trinity, Boar Lane, LS1

These will each take the form of a panel discussion, with speakers including committed Remainers including Hilary Benn MP, Leavers including UKIP’s Leeds Central candidate Luke Senior, as well as independent representatives from business, charities, culture and the arts, and more.

Both events are FREE – but we expect them to be busy, so arrive early to get a seat. Drinks and snacks will be available. We expect the formal debates will end by 9pm, but the discussions might well continue informally afterwards!

QUESTIONS AND INPUT from audience members will be a core part of the events. If you wish to submit a question beforehand, please email us ( with your question (no more than 50 words), your name and phone number, tell us which debate you’ll be attending, and if you’re willing to read out the question yourself. Or bring the question to the venue for 6.30pm. Thank you, we look forward to seeing you then.