Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Tories in England would deny EU citizens their voting rights

The Liberal Democrats have today blamed “callous, Conservative party self-interest” for allowing over 4 million people to lose the right to vote in local elections in England in the event the UK crashes out of the EU with a no-deal.
In response to parliamentary questions from the Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake, the Government has confirmed UK reciprocal voting rights for UK citizens residing in the EU and EU citizens residing in the UK have yet to be agreed in the event of a no-deal, except with Spain.
According to population statistics from the Office of National Statistics, 3,546,000 EU citizens across the UK and 484,700 UK citizens across the EU would lose the right to vote. The revelation comes ahead of the local elections in May.
Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake said: 
“Far from illusions that Brexit would renew our democracy, it is instead tearing it apart and stripping people of their rights all because of Tory incompetence.
“Many EU citizens fill vital roles in the health service, our schools and across Parliament. The deserve better, and the Liberal Democrats demand better.
“The upcoming local elections are therefore an opportunity to send a clear message to Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn’s failed leaderships by voting for the Liberal Democrats.
“Every Liberal Democrat elected in May is another voice fighting for a People’s Vote, with the option to stay in the EU.”
Ilse Mogensen, public affairs and campaigns officer for the three million, added: 
"EU citizens living in the UK were denied a vote on our own future in the 2016 referendum. To add insult to injury, we now face the loss of our right to vote and stand as candidates in local elections.
“The Welsh and Scottish governments have confirmed that EU citizens will keep the right to vote. The UK Government should do the same, instead of leaving the democratic rights of 3.6 million people in limbo."

1 comment:

nigel hunter said...

It is a deliberate decision by the Tories to fix the system to their advantage. England becomes a domain of the Tories for ever. It is about power, not democracy..Not the best for all but the best for vested interests.