EU Referendum and the count process

We are now just a few days away from polling day and I thought it would be useful to put up some information about the count process in Northern Ireland for the EU referendum.

Unlike other referenda that have been held in the past, Northern Ireland will count through the night and in 8 different centres across the province.

You can see the estimated declaration times for the rest of the UK here, but I have compiled the Northern Ireland times below (Open the image in another tab for a larger image)


Announcements will be made at each count centre giving the provisional total for each constituency, the final total will be read out by the Chief Electoral Officer in Belfast (The Scottish Referendum followed a similar procedure). We should have a good idea by around 3am of the Northern Ireland wide result.

What about a recount? The rules state

The referendum rules do not provide for a national recount to be carried out in any circumstances. Any request for a recount of votes will be at local count level and is for the Counting Officer to determine. We expect local recounts to be granted if a specific issue has been identified with the process in that counting area, rather than simply when the local totals are close. The national referendum result is only subject to challenge by way of judicial review.

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  • ted hagan

    Thanks for the info but I already know the result. Remain.

  • chrisjones2

    but Nationally it will be Brexit

  • Pasty

    If the result is Remain will future British Government negotiations with the EU be weakened due to the claims of doom by David Cameron if Britain were to leave ?
    As Cameron and the Remain side have made it very clear that leaving would be disastrous for the economy and for jobs etc. then there is surely no way they could go back to the people and say it’s ok to leave and that the economy would be ok should the EU say stuff Britain and set up an EU Army and fast track Turkey’s membership.

  • T.E.Lawrence

    What would be interesting is a bet on number of NI Constituencies Remain or Brexit. I go 10 Remain and 8 Brexit ?

  • Zorin001

    I think a narrow Remain win with very pronounced regional differences. Saying that with still a few days to go there’s always a possibility of another one of Harold McMillan’s dreaded “events”

  • Kevin Breslin

    Pasty …

    Firstly the Cypriot, Greek and French veto to Turkey’s membership will still apply if there’s a Brexit

    Secondly, Norway rejected EU membership and the EU rather than saying Stuff Norway found a compromise that let Norway be Norway and the EU be the EU.

    It’s a Reap what you Sew process … if the UK comes in with hostility, contempt and spurning a lot of wiffle-waffle platitudes that’s likely the spirit that other nations will treat them with as well.

    Thirdly, one of the major problems the UK has going to the negotiating table as was seen in the Open Europe War Game simulation is that the United Kingdom is not entirely sure of its priorities are upon Brexit.