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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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Harriet Harman questions online registration system

Labour MP Harriet Harman has taken to Twitter to ask why people need to register to vote.

More than 26,000 people were using the online service to register with just five minutes to go before the Monday deadline, allegedly causing the website to crash.

Harman said all eligible people should be put on the register automatically - instead of being asked to apply.

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