The Electoral Commission has recommended that the proposed wording of the UK European Union In/Out Referendum question to be put to the voters should be changed.
The Electoral Commission said that the wording in its current proposed form could be seen as biassed towards the status quo of remaining in the EU. As it stands the question is “should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union?” with only a ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ response required. This has led to claims that the question could appear both biassed towards the Yes campaign and could also mislead some people.
The Electoral Commission has therefore proposed changing the question in order to give the voter a choice to put their cross against between either "Remain a member of the European Union" or "Leave the European Union".
The government has said that it will accept the changes but that the final decision on wording is up to parliament.
Commenting on the decision Nigel Farage, the UKIP leader, said: "I'm in no doubt that the Yes/No offering was leading to great confusion and that remain or leave is much clearer. That combined with a more explicit question is the right direction of travel."
Bookmakers William Hill are betting on what the outcome of the EU Referendum will be – even before the wording of the question has been agreed – and they offer odds of 2/9 (bet £9 for potential profit of £2) that the result will be to REMAIN IN the EU, and odds of 3/1 (bet £1 for potential profit of £3) that the result will be to LEAVE the EU.