By Jonathan Davies

The wording of the question posed to voters in the EU referendum should be changed, according to the Electoral Commission.

The elections regulator believes the current format could be perceived as biased.

Currently, voters will answer 'Yes' or 'No' to the question: "Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union?"

But the Electoral Commission has recommended changing the question to "Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?". Voters would then be asked to choose "Remain a member of the European Union" or "Leave the European Union" as their answer.

The watchdog said the belief that the wording could "encourage voters to consider one response more favourably than the other" could result in questions over the legitimacy of the result.

Following its suggestion, the Commission now believes the question "would not cause comparable concerns about neutrality, whilst also being easily understood".

Jenny Watson, chair of the Electoral Commission, said: "Any referendum question must be as clear as possible so that voters understand the important choice they are being asked to make.

"We have tested the proposed question with voters and received views from potential campaigners, academics and plain language experts."