UK EU Referendum: Controversy as voting registration deadline is extended

It was thought that the Remain campaign were delivered a fatal blow after the voting registration crashed due to high demand minutes before the deadline at midnight on Tuesday.

The Remain campaign, headed by Prime Minister David Cameron, have been pushing in recent weeks for young people to register to vote in the EU Referendum in an attempt to sway the result in their favour. Studies have shown that young people are more likely to want to stay in the European Union, compared to other generations making them the pivotal demographic in the EU Referendum.

Mr Cameron urged those who were unable to register to vote to do so again in the House of Commons on Wednesday and it was later revealed that the deadline would be extended until midnight on Thursday 9th June.

Senior figures in the Leave campaign have threatened legal action over the decision. Matthew Elliott, chief executive of the Leave campaign, stated,

“They’ve just told the House of Commons that their website crashed last night because of the high demand, but we know that the Government and their allies are trying to register as many likely Remain voters as possible.”

It is speculated that if the deadline was not to be extended, the UK would be likely to leave the EU due to a lack of young voters. Despite this, in recent days there has been reports of nearly 600,000 people registering to vote since Monday in the 18-34 age bracket.

Under pressure as a ‘vote of no confidence’ is expected to follow the Referendum, it would seem that, for David Cameron, young voters hold the key to how successful his rebel MPs will be in their attempt to oust him.

Ava Forbes

Journalism student aspiring to become a political journalist and the co-founder of a media platform, ‘Generation:What?’, that aims to give young people a platform in politics. @Ava_Forbes @Generation_What