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Terms of Withdrawal from EU (Referendum) Bill 2016-17
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Parliament of the United Kingdom
A Bill to Require the holding of a referendum to endorse the United Kingdom and Gibraltar exit package proposed by HM Government for withdrawal from the EU, or to decide to remain a member, prior to the UK giving notice under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union; and for connected purposes.
Citation HC Bill 46[1]
Considered by Parliament of the United Kingdom
Legislative history
Introduced by Geraint Davies
First reading 6 July 2016
Second reading 24 February 2017
Status: Not passed

The Terms of Withdrawal from EU (Referendum) Bill 2016-17 was a private member's bill of the Parliament of the United Kingdom to make provision for the holding of a second referendum in the United Kingdom and Gibraltar on whether or not to leave the European Union before Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty can be triggered. It was introduced to the House of Commons by Welsh Labour MP Geraint Davies and the Bill received its first reading on 6 July 2016 but lapsed when Parliament was dissolved. The Government triggered Article 50 at the end of March 2017.

A new version this bill was presented in the 2017–2019 session of Parliament, after Article 50 has been triggered. The bill with its proposal to hold a referendum on the negotiated terms of withdrawal from the EU remains in the UK parliament.[1]


On 23 June 2016 the United Kingdom and Gibraltar voted by 51.9% to 48.1% to Leave the European Union in the 2016 EU membership referendum. The result saw contrasting views throughout the country with Greater London, Northern Ireland and Scotland strongly voting to remain whilst all the other English regions and Wales voted to leave.

Proposed referendum question[edit]

The bill gives the proposed question to appear on ballot papers:

Do you support the Government’s proposed United Kingdom and Gibraltar exit package for negotiating withdrawal from the European Union or Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union?

with the responses to the question to be (to be marked with a single (X)):

Support the Governments proposed exit package
Remain a member of the European Union

The Bill also orders the question to be printed in Welsh.

See also[edit]



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