MPs make last minute u-turn on EU referendum

MP's in the Midlands have had a last minute change of heart on whether they are backing the Remain or Leave campaign with just two weeks to go until the EU referendum.

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'Register to vote' site survives last-minute EU vote flurry

The deadline to vote in the EU referendum was extended by emergency legislation. Credit: Reuters

The government's 'Register to vote' website was fully operational as the deadline to take part in the June 23 EU referendum passed at midnight on Thursday.

According to a live monitoring site there was a flurry of activity on the registration service webpage in the minutes before midnight.

The monitor showed there were just under 5,000 people using the service at 11.55pm and more than 3,000 still on the site after the deadline had passed.

This week emergency legislation allowing registration to continue until midnight on Thursday was passed by both the Commons and the Lords without a vote.

The measure to extend was rushed through after the registration website crashed hours before the original deadline of midnight on Tuesday, leaving thousands of people unable to submit their applications.


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Labour MP John Mann says he will vote to leave EU

Labour MP John Mann has said he will be voting to leave the EU. Credit: Nick Ansell / PA Archive

Labour MP John Mann has said he will be voting against the stance of his leader Jeremy Corbyn to leave the European Union.

In an open letter in The Sun, Mr Mann said he believed the EU was "fundamentally broken".

He added that it was "not sustainable to have 300,000 new people added to the population every year".

The MP for Bassetlaw claimed immigration had "created two kinds of people in this country: the people who gain from this and the people who lose out."

The reason I’ve concluded that we have to come out is it’s impossible to change the EU from the inside.

David Cameron couldn’t even get agreement on child benefit being stopped for people here with children abroad. Even something as absurd as that cannot be changed because EU structures won’t allow it.

People want control over their own lives. They don’t want people at a distance controlling their lives anymore.

– John Mann MP

Reports Birmingham MP to quit EU Leave campaign

Khalid Mahmood Labour MP Birmingham Perry Bar Credit: PA

It is being reported in national newspapers that Birmingham MP Khalid Mahmood is to announce he is joining the campaign to keep Britain in the European Union.

He had previously backed the campaign to Leave and is expected to confirm the decision later today.

Mr Mahmood is reportedly going to blame the 'racist' undertones of the Brexit campaign for his decision.

There is now just two weeks to go until the EU referendum.

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