If you could vote in the last general election, you can vote in the EU referendum.
Who can’t vote?
The flipside of “who can vote” is “who can’t vote”.
You can’t vote in the referendum if you’re under 18, even in Scotland, where people that age could vote in the independence referendum.
And you can’t vote if you’re an EU citizen living here, unless you’re from Ireland, Malta or Cyprus. Ireland has always had special treatment, and the other two countries are in the Commonwealth as well as the EU.
British citizens living abroad for more than 15 years can’t vote either. This was unsuccesssfully challenged in the courts.
The Electoral Commission, which will oversee the referendum, has more information here.
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