The European Union Referendum Act 2015, which paves the way for a referendum to be held in the UK as to whether or not the UK should remain a member of the EU, will be fully commenced on 1 February 2016.

As a result, from 1 February, the Secretary of State will be required to create regulations that appoint the day on which the referendum will be held. According to that Act, the referendum must be held before 31 December 2017 and will ask the question “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or Leave the European Union.”

The commencement of the Act means the referendum will move one step closer, as a date must now be set.