Final day to register for EU referendum after extension

The deadline for registering to vote in the EU referendum expires at midnight on Thursday following a temporary extension because of "technical issues" with the government website.

The registration website crashed on Tuesday night, hours before the initial deadline to take part, due to a surge in demand.

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Corbyn urges Britons to register for EU vote

Jeremy Corbyn has released a video message urging Britons to take advantage of an extra 48 hours to register to vote in the EU referendum.

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The deadline was extended after the weight of visitors caused the government's official registration website to crash for several hours last night.

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Hancock denies vote extension aimed at boosting 'In' camp

Mr Hancock denied the change was designed to support the pro-In camp Credit: PA

A Cabinet Minister has denied that the decision to grant people extra time to claim their vote in the EU referendum was aimed at boosting support for the Remain camp, ITV News political correspondent Carl Dinnen reports.

Matt Hancock has denied the suggestion from some sections of the pro-Brexit camp.

The decision to extend the deadline was taken after the official online portal crashed last night. Senior sources in Vote Leave are said to be "fuming" as a result.

Pro-Brexit Tory Sir Gerald Howarth said it was voters' own fault if they left registering to vote until the last minute and got caught in Tuesday's rush.

He suggested regulations should not be changed "simply to suit those who haven't organised their personal affairs well enough to secure their registration in good time".

Vote Leave 'fuming' at vote registration extension

Unnamed senior Vote Leave sources are said to be dismayed at the extension Credit: PA

Senior figures within Vote Leave are "fuming, absolutely seething" at the decision to extend the deadline for voter registrations, a source has told ITV News political correspondent Carl Dinnen.

The source said that the move - taken after thousands were disenfranchised by a website crash - was "wholly disproportionate".

The pro-Brexit camp is likely to suspect that the late surge of voters will be largely in favour of the Remain camp.

Polling shows that the elderly are likely to back Brexit while younger voters, who are more likely to use the online portal, are much more in favour in remaining in the bloc.

Thousands rush to register to vote as deadline extended

Thousands are taking up the extra chance to sign up for a vote Credit: PA

Thousands of people have signed up to vote in the EU election after it was announced the deadline had been extended by 48 hours.

More than 5,500 people were accessing the official registration portal online within minutes of the announcement.

Parliament announced it would pass legislation to extend the deadline to midnight on Thursday after the website crashed last night under the weight of traffic.

Mr Cameron's official spokeswoman said the solution had been arrived at following talks with the Electoral Commission and opposition parties and was "legally watertight" against possible challenges.

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Parliament will vote to extend ballot registration deadline

The extension was proposed after the official registration website crashed Credit: House of Commons

The House of Commons will vote on statutory legislation to extend the deadline for voter registration ahead of the EU referendum, the leader of the house Chris Grayling has told MPs.

The motion, which has strong cross-party support, is expected to pass easily and will mean that Britons have until Thursday midnight to claim their right to a ballot in the vote.

Would-be voters jubilant at extra time to register

Thousands of people were denied the chance to register to vote last night Credit: PA

One of the thousands of would-be voters in the EU referendum to be affected by the website crash on the official registration portal has said the government has made the "right decision" by extending the deadline.

University student Jordan Parker, 20, was unable to claim his right to a ballot in the EU referendum due to the crash last night.

"It had to be done. It was their only option," he said after hearing the news. "It isn't just me, there are thousands of people."

He added: "I'm excited to vote. It is the biggest vote of my generation."

Labour welcome decision to extend voter registration

Gloria De Piero said that Labour had led to call to extend registration Credit: PA

Labour has cheered the decision to extend the deadline for registering to vote in the EU referendum after the government's portal crashed yesterday.

Shadow voter registration minister Gloria De Piero said it was only right that people were not denied a chance to have their say in a "crucial" decision.

Following the chaos of last night, tens of thousands of people will be relieved that they will have a say in this crucial vote.

We urge everyone who thinks they are not on the register to get back on that website and have their say.

– Gloria De Piero

Alex Robertson, director of communications at the Electoral Commission, also expressed praise for the move.

"We said this morning that legislation should be introduced to extend the registration deadline and we're pleased the Government will now be making this change," he said.

Voting registration deadline extended until tomorrow

Voters will get an extra day to register Credit: PA

The deadline for registering to vote in the EU referendum is to be extended to midnight tomorrow, Cabinet Office minister Matt Hancock has announced.

It comes after the registration website crashed yesterday, affecting thousands of people trying to claim their right to cast a ballot in the June 23 vote.

The extension is expected to require emergency legislation from MPs, who have expressed support for the plan.

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