Sunday 7 June 2015

British government, EU and local authorities will be allowed to run EU referendum "yes" campaigns

David Cameron has scrapped Purdah regulations for the promised EU referendum(£), paving the way for the British government, local councils, quangos and the EU to splurge millions on promoting the EU right up to referendum day.

In the run-up to elections and referenda, public bodies are usually banned from making statements or holding public events that could be seen as promoting one side or giving an unfair advantage to a candidate or campaign. It also prevents the government and local authorities from entering into contracts that contradict the stated intentions of either side.

By excluding an EU referendum from Purdah, the British government and local authorities will be able to time projects the EU has so generously funded out of our taxes to coincide with the referendum and will allow publicly-funded "yes" campaigns.