UK Membership of EU: Referendums

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 29th January 2019.

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Photo of Robert Courts Robert Courts Conservative, Witney

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Electoral Commission report of 14 December 2018 entitled Cost of delivering the June 2016 referendum on the UK's membership of the EU, what the total cost of the referendum was to the public purse including pre-purdah referendum publicity and documentation.

Photo of Chloe Smith Chloe Smith The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, Assistant Whip

The cost to taxpayers of delivering the 2016 EU Referendum was £129.1 million. A breakdown of that cost is provided in the report published by the Electoral Commission.

The then Government undertook publicity on EU membership ahead of the referendum. This cost an additional £9.3 million.

The total cost to taxpayers was thus £138.4 million

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