UK in 'urgent' bid to extend registration deadline after website crashes due to 'huge demand'

The British Government is "urgently" considering legislative action to allow people who register on the electoral roll on Wednesday to vote in the upcoming referendum on Britain's EU membership, David Cameron has announced.

The British Prime Minister told MPs his aim was effectively to extend the deadline for participation in the vote, which expired at midnight on Tuesday.

His comments came amid fears that thousands of people - including many younger voters - could have been denied a vote when the Government's registration website crashed in the final hours before the deadline.

In a message on Twitter, Mr Cameron said: "If you aren't registered and you want to vote in this EU referendum you should continue to register at gov.uk/register-to-vote.

"Huge demand caused system overload last night. Urgent discussions with Electoral Commission to try to ensure people who register can vote."

And he told the UK's House of Commons at Prime Minister's Questions: "I'm very clear that people should continue to register today. The Electoral Commission have made a statement this morning, urging the Government to consider options that would effectively extend the deadline. These should include legislative options.

"We are doing that and discussing it with the Electoral Commission today.

"We are working urgently with them to do just that, to make sure that those who register today and those who registered last night will be able to vote in the EU referendum."

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