UK Membership of EU: Referendums

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 24th April 2017.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Co-Leader of the Green Party

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department or its agencies hold any information on the alleged interference by foreign states or their agents in the EU referendum campaign; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Chris Skidmore Chris Skidmore Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Cabinet Office)

I will not comment on operational or intelligence matters, however I can assure you that the Government has seen no successful interference in our electoral process to date.

Our system of paper balloting and hand counting means UK voting mechanisms do not lend themselves to direct electronic manipulation. A series of protective measures were put in place ahead of the 2015 General Election, designed to be sufficiently enduring to mitigate future threats, including the EU referendum.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) offers UK organisations, including political parties, access to the best cyber security advice and support to help them meet their responsibility to protect their information and prevent cyber attacks from all possible threats.

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