Many EU nationals living in London were denied their vote in the recent European Parliament elections, due to additional bureaucracy imposed by the government with inadequate publicity and insufficient time allowed for compliance; also many UK nationals living abroad did not receive their postal votes in time for them to return them before polling day. What advice do you give these disenfranchised voters; and what do you think the consequences are?
It is a scandal that EU citizens and British nationals living abroad were denied a vote. I raised concerns in April that EU citizens could be shut out of the European elections as a result of the government’s mismanagement of the democratic process.
The Government response, that EU nationals resident in Britain could vote in European Parliament elections in their countries of origin when London is their home, has only added insult to injury. Civic participation is a key pillar of social integration, and EU Londoners must be able to exercise their right to vote.
I believe there should be an inquiry into this mass disenfranchisement. The Government should also move urgently to confirm the voting rights of all eligible EU citizens beyond 2019. It is not acceptable that EU Londoners are facing taxation without representation from 2020.