The Electoral Commission has confirmed that the announcement on whether the UK remains in the European Union will be held in Manchester. The date of the referendum is yet to be confirmed but it is expected to be held in 2017.
Jenny Watson, the current Chair of the Electoral Commission and who will also be the Chief Counting Officer at the referendum, said:
“We’re extremely pleased to be able to announce that we’ll be working with the team at Manchester City Council to deliver the national referendum count event alongside their regional count. Agreeing this now will help us plan as quickly as possible to deliver a successful and cost effective event once we know the date of the referendum”.
Sir Howard Bernstein, the Counting Officer for Manchester and Regional Counting Officer for the North West,said:
“Manchester is honoured to have been chosen as the venue for this important democratic event in which there will be worldwide interest. We look forward to hosting the Electoral Commission and working with them to help deliver a successful event”.