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1975 Referendum on EEC membership

1975 Referendum on EEC membership

In 1975, a national referendum was held on whether the United Kingdom should maintain its membership of the European Economic Community (EEC), now the European Union. This is the only example the UK has of a national referendum. The date set for the referendum was June 5th, 1975.

The question on the paper was: “Do you think that the United Kingdom should stay in the European Community (The Common Market)?”

In England the voting was:

Yes - 14,918,009 (68.7%)

No - 6,812,052 (31.3%)

Spoilt papers - 42,161

In Wales the voting was

Yes - 869,135 (64.8%)

No - 472,071 (35.2%)

Spoilt papers - 4,339

In Scotland the voting was:

Yes - 1,332,186 (58.4%)

No - 948,039 (41.6%)

Spoilt papers - 6,541

In Northern Ireland the voting was:

Yes - 259,251 (52.1%)

No - 237,911 (47.9%)

Spoilt papers - 1,589

Total United Kingdom:

Yes - 17,378,581 (67.2%)

No - 8,470,073 (32.8%)

Spoilt papers - 54,540

Total turnout = 64% of registered electorate