The 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 announced.
Following a question from Tory MP Mims Davies during PMQs about fears thousands were unable to register to vote on Tuesday after the website crashed in the final hours before the deadline, the PM said that his aim was effectively to extend the deadline for participation in the vote.
Cameron said: "It's extremely welcome that so many people want to take part in this massive democratic exercise, this vital decision for our country.
"Last night there was record demand on the gov.uk website from people concerned they might not be registered to vote in the referendum and this caused an overload in the system.
Good to see extension of voting registration deadline - if gov.uk couldn't handle traffic, their fault - not those registering #pmqs
-- Matt Gillespie (@mattayg) June 8, 2016
Tory backbench question on electoral registration designed to make it more difficult for Corbyn to focus on this at #PMQs
-- Isabel Hardman (@IsabelHardman) June 8, 2016
"I'm very clear that people should continue to register today. The electoral commissioner made a statement this morning, urging the government to consider options that would effectively extend the deadline and these should include legislative options and we're doing that and discussing it with the electoral commission today.
"So we're working urgently with them to do just that and to make sure those who register today, and who registered last night, will be able to vote in the EU referendum."
If you aren't registered & you want to vote in this EU referendum you should continue to register at https://t.co/9e1gQX5vGM
-- David Cameron (@David_Cameron) June 8, 2016
Meanwhile Conservative MP Liam Fox was congratulated by many on Twitter as he said: "The beauty of a referendum is that every voter has an equal voice, every vote carries equal weight and members of parliament have no moral or political superiority over anybody else."
He asked Cameron if he accepted that the referendum is "not a consultation but an instruction to parliament from the British people".
He said: "Remain would mean remain and leave would mean leave and that any attempt to short-change or distort the verdict of the British people would be a democratic outrage."
Important question from Liam Fox and good response from the PM: the referendum decision is final, a Commons fudge would not be on #PMQs
-- Alex Dismore (@Dizzydismore) June 8, 2016
#PMQs Cameron failed to answer Liam Fox's question when he was asked if Govt would accept result if LEAVE won
-- sarah janice wood (@Wood5sarah) June 8, 2016
-- Ian Millard (@ianrmillard) June 8, 2016