EU Referendum 2016 – Results
The referendum on continued membership of the European Union was held on June 23 2016 and the results were declared on June 24 2016.
The following figures were obtained from the Electoral Commission
The total electorate in the UK (the number of people registered to vote) was 46,500,001
England: 38,981,662 (83.832%)
Scotland: 3,987,112 (8.574%)
Wales: 2,270,272 (4.882%)
Northern Ireland: 1,260,955 (2.712%)
The total number of votes cast was
Remain – 16,141,241 (48.1%)
Leave – 17,410,742 (51.9%)
giving an overall turnout of 72.15%
There were 25,359 (0.06%) rejected ballot papers.
12,922,659 (27.79%) people did not use their vote
Further analysis of the figures shows how the individual countries voted, with England and Wales having majorities to LEAVE, while Scotland and Northern Ireland having majorities to REMAIN
The actual EU Referendum results data (in CSV format) is available and provided by the Electoral Commission at
Is the EU referendum legally binding ?
Referendums in the UK, in constitutional terms, are not legally binding so the Government could (in theory) ignore the results although this is unlikely to happen. It is, however, necessary at some point for the UK Government to repeal the 1972 European Communities Act, requiring a vote in parliament, in order to ultimately leave the EU.