Q&A: Who will vote in an in/out EU referendum?

Commonwealth citizens in Gibraltar will be able to vote (Source: Getty)
Q Who will be able to vote in an in/out referendum on Britain’s EU membership?
A The Prime Minister is proposing that the electorate which is able to vote in General Elections, rather than local or European parliament elections, will be allowed to cast ballots in the EU referendum.
Q What is the difference between the two electorates?
A British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens over the age of 18 are able to vote in General Elections. European citizens living in the UK can vote in local and European elections.
Q So will other Europeans not be able to vote in the referendum?
A No, they won’t. The only non-UK citizens able to cast their ballots will be Irish, Maltese and Cypriots living in the UK.
Q What about British citizens living in Europe, or elsewhere abroad?
A Number 10 says UK nationals living overseas for fewer than 15 years will also be able to participate, as will Commonwealth citizens in Gibraltar.
Q Does everyone agree with the Prime Minister’s proposals?
A No. Both Labour and the SNP have said they aim to amend the EU vote to include 16 and 17-year-olds.

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