Charities should not be deterred from joining the EU referendum debate, provided they take into account the relevant charity and election law, writes Simon Steeden

Charities should not be deterred from joining the EU referendum debate, provided they take into account the relevant charity and election law, writes Simon Steeden

Many trustees will be considering how Brexit could affect their charity and whether it would be appropriate to join the referendum debate. Legal constraints on political activities are not new to charities, but the application of those rules within an increasingly hostile regulatory regime makes it more and more important for trustees to be aware of the charity law rules and the Charity Commission's own guidance, as well as other relevant law, such as election law rules applying to non-party campaigning.