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UK Parliamentary Voting Rights for EU citizens resident in the UK

Submitted on Thursday 4th August 2011

Published on Tuesday 9th August 2011

Current status: Closed

Closed: Thursday 9th August 2012

Signatures: 23

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Citizens ~ EU ~ EU citizens ~ Tax ~ UK

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UK Parliamentary Voting Rights for EU citizens resident in the UK

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Currently, EU citizens from outside the UK and Ireland not allowed to vote in UK Parliamentary elections.

Whilst they must pay taxes, obey laws and even attend jury service, they are disenfranchised from an important part of our democracy, just like bankrupts and the insane. This is both unfair, and bizarre.

Citizens of EU countries on the electoral roll are of course entitled to vote in Local and European elections. Due to an accident of history, citizens from Ireland and the Commonwealth may also vote for MPs. Given all of the other barriers that have come down across the EU, it is therefore surely all the more odd that EU citizens are excluded from Parliamentary elections.

The 1918 Representation of the People Act should be updated to allow the UK resident EU citizens the right to vote in Parliamentary elections.

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