THURROCK has been chosen as the base for an experimental vote on the UK’s continued participation in the European Union.
In April the Borough will play host to the first local referendum held by the People’s Pledge as it starts its ‘One: Ten: Hundred’ campaign - the largest ground campaign for an EU referendum ever held in England.
Thurrock will be followed by 10 more constituencies this autumn, and a further 100 in 2013.
The campaign will involve full by-election style activity including door-to-door canvassing, public meetings, street stalls and high visibility local shop front headquarters.
The ballot question will be: “Voters should be given a national referendum on whether the UK remains a member of the European Union. Agree/disagree?”
The vote will be arranged by post with polls closing at 5pm on Thursday, 5 April 2012.
To ensure full independence, Electoral Reform Services Ltd will administer the referendum by full postal ballot.
Jackie Doyle-Price MP, who won her Thurrock seat in May 2010 from Labour with a majority of 92, voted against an EU referendum in the House of Commons debate last year.
Ian McKenzie, Communications Director of the People’s Pledge, said: “Whether you want Britain to leave the EU or be part of an ever-closer union, you have the right to vote on what that future relationship should be. The People’s Pledge is giving the electors of Thurrock the chance to lead the way towards a national referendum.”