As Britain prepares for a referendum on June 23 to decide on whether it should leave or remain in the European Union (EU), voters are facing an information - and opinion - overload from the country's partisan press. The London School of Economics conducted a study that showed Britons to be the least informed in Europe when it comes to the EU. Fear is a really good campaigning tool, so we shouldn't be too surprised that the campaigns in this referendum are using it. But how did this reality manifest with so many media outlets at peoples' disposal?
LONDON – British Prime Minister Theresa May has declined to say whether she would vote for Brexit if there was another referendum. May backed staying in the European Union in the June 2016 Brexit referendum but took a low-key role in the campaign. She won the top job after David Cameron, who had also campaigned to remain, resigned in the chaos following the shock result of the vote. Asked if she had changed her mind since then, she said she did not answer hypothetical questions and said her job was now to deliver what the people had voted for. "I voted remain for good reasons at the time, but circumstances move on and I think the important thing now is that I think we should all be focused on delivering Brexit and delivering the best deal," she said on an interview on LBC radio Tuesday.
On the 23rd of June, the whole of the UK will vote on whether to continue being part of the European Union. "Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?" The referendum will be organised just like a general or local election - those who are registered will be able to cast their votes at polling stations or by post. We've had a referendum like this before - in 1975 we voted to stay in what was then the European Economic Community. This referendum is happening because David Cameron promised to hold one if the Conservatives won the last election.
Ahead of the first debate on the EU referendum on 19 May, BBC News is looking for your thoughts and views. The debate - which is the first of three ahead of the 23 June poll - will be aimed at young voters. We would like you to share your opinions on the referendum via your smartphone. The best contributions will be featured online, on mobile and across BBC News platforms. Here's an example of what the BBC and smartphone contributors produced in reaction to this year's Budget.
Operational costs including staffing, raising public awareness of the referendum, running polling stations, administering postal ballots and counting votes amounted to 129.1 million pounds, a report by Britain's Electoral Commission said. The report did not cover spending by campaigners or referendum campaign broadcast costs.