1. ITV Report

EU referendum result to be announced in Manchester

The result of the EU referendum in 2017 will be announced in Manchester Photo: PA

The Electoral Commission and Manchester City Council have today revealed that the declaration of the final referendum result on the UK’s membership of the European Union will be made in Manchester.

The city will host the main collation count which will receive all of the votes cast across the UK and in Gibraltar, alongside the regional count for the North West.

There will be 12 count centres across the country, from which the results will be returned to the Chief Counting Officer in Manchester who will certify the final result before making the announcement.

Manchester is the regional count hub for North West England, where results from the 39 North West local authorities will be received and collated, but will only host the count for the Manchester City Council area.

We’re extremely pleased to be able to announce that we’ll be working with the team at Manchester City Council to deliver the national referendum count event alongside their regional count. Agreeing this now will help us plan as quickly as possible to deliver a successful and cost effective event once we know the date of the referendum.

– Jenny Watson, Chief Counting Officer

Manchester is honoured to have been chosen as the venue for this important democratic event in which there will be worldwide interest. We look forward to hosting the Electoral Commission and working with them to help deliver a successful event.

– Sir Howard Bernstein, Counting Officer for Manchester and Regional Counting Officer for the North West