Drills are set to be carried out by emergency services to plan for clashes between voters at polling stations ahead of a possible general election in the near future.
Despite being a historically peaceful county on voting day, Wiltshire Council’s senior leader and returning officer Carlton Brand says months of Brexit speculation mean emotions could run high.
He said: “We are set to have practices with police and fire services in case there is any civil unrest at polling stations. Parliament has made this argument personal and things have got very nasty in Westminster, and if we do crash out of the EU on October 31 who do now know what may happen.”
A Brexit candidate has already hit out after being told to move his campaign stand in Malmesbury last Saturday. Brexiteer Les Willis claims Cllr Gavin Grant, who is a member of the Lib Dems, forced him to move his stand to block democracy.
However Cllr Grant said he reacted on safety concerns because the stand was set up on double yellow lines.
Wiltshire Council is also planning for Brexit and has a team of officers crunching the numbers over what a possible no deal could mean for the county.
Despite almost daily changes in predictions for a general election date, experts think November could be the month one now takes place.
PM Boris Johnson needs to give councils just 25 days notice to hold an election, and anyone not yet registered to vote has been urged to register soon rather than risk missing out on having their say.
Wiltshire has five MPs to vote in and will cost £1m to organise, with the responsibility falling on Wiltshire Council to foot the bill and claim the money back later from central government..
The local authority claims back 90-95 per cent of the cash, but always has to foot some of the bill.