UK Referendums


A referendum is a direct vote in which an entire electorate is asked to either accept or reject a particular proposal. This may be the adoption of a new constitution, a constitutional amendment, a law, the recall of an elected official or simply a specific government policy. The referendum is a form of direct democracy and is governed by The Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000. A referendum can be called if a petition is submitted to the local authority containing the signatures of 5% of electorate in the Council’s Register of Electors having effect on 15th February in any given year.

Number of Electors Signatures Required for Petition 2021 [pdf] 11KB

Forthcoming / Current Referendums

European Union Referendum 2016

A referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union was held on Thursday, 23 June 2016. 

The results are as follows:

Verification Totals for Arun District.docx [docx] 19KB

Declaration of Count Totals.docx [docx] 21KB

Notices for this referendum were published as follows:


Results and Notices of Previous Referendums

UK AV Referendum 2011 Result

The last UK referendum was held on May 5, 2011 and asked the public whether they wanted to change the voting system used to elect MPs. Arun voted No in the referendum. 49,607 votes were cast representing a 44.7% turnout. The number of Yes votes was 11,729. The number of  No votes was 37,536.