Denis_Cooper 5pts Most people are ignoring the fact that there are various elections on May 5th 2016, and partly on the urging of the Electoral Commission that date was expressly ruled out for the EU referendum - see Section 1 of the Act. But similar arguments to those which were put forward against holding the referendum on the same day as those elections, as was being mooted at one time, will also apply to holding a referendum any time in June, albeit with less force. It would not be a good idea to have the EU referendum campaign start up before those elections are well out of the way, preferably with a period for both activists and the public to recover from them. And something else which is also being widely ignored is that the Lords are under no obligation to pass the Statutory Instrument setting the date of the referendum, the Act having granted them the power of veto over any proposed date. So I would not be surprised of the Lords made it clear to the government that they would not disregard the views of the Electoral Commission and agree to a referendum in June, even if the government was minded to do that. Then it would be into the holiday season, also not a good time for such an important referendum, so it would have to be the autumn. And again to avoid the early part of the campaign being in the holiday season that could mean October rather than September.