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Council to debate EU Referendum

Published Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Coventry city councillors are to hold a special meeting to debate whether Britain should vote to leave or remain in the EU in the Referendum taking place on 23 June.

Council to hold EU debate

Councillors will debate the motion that “this Council believes that it is in the best interest of the City of Coventry that the United Kingdom should remain in the European Union” at a special meeting of Full Council on 26 May. 

Cllr George Duggins, Coventry City Council’s Leader Elect said: “This is one of the most important decisions this country will ever take, so it’s vital that councillors have the opportunity to debate this issue in detail in the Council Chamber. 

“We would have liked to hold the debate at the same time as we meet as a Full Council to discuss the issue of a combined authority at the end of May, but pre-referendum rules come into place on 27 May which prevent us from having a debate of this kind following that date. 

“But councillors are very clear that we shouldn’t miss out on the opportunity to discuss the referendum, and what its result could mean to Coventry people. On the day, it is my intention to offer Labour colleagues a free vote.” 

The debate will begin at 2pm and will be webcast live. 

The Council is also running a campaign to make sure that residents have registered to vote on 23 June – if residents are not on the electoral register by 7 June, they can’t vote in the EU Referendum on 23 June. Residents already registered to vote in elections don’t need to re-register.

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