EU referendum: guidance for the Civil Service and special advisers

The Cabinet Secretary has written to permanent secretaries of government departments with advice on conduct ahead of the EU referendum.



The Cabinet Secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood, has given guidance to civil servants and special advisers ahead of the EU referendum.

This guidance applies from 27 May to 23 June 2016, the statutory 28-day pre-referendum period that is often referred to as ‘purdah’.

This replaces the guidance that applied for the period up to and including 26 May, which is provided for reference. It followed on from the Prime Minister’s letter to ministers.

Published 23 February 2016
Last updated 26 May 2016 + show all updates
  1. Statutory 28-day pre-referendum guidance added.
  2. First published.