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Our 1 million EU Londoners could not vote in the EU Referendum. The result continues to negatively impact them and their families. They are now required to apply for Settled Status to legally reside in Britain post-Brexit – this is an immigration status not enshrined in primary legislation, that does not confer full voting rights.
It is encouraging that the Electoral Commission has confirmed that EU citizens will retain their voting rights for the 2020 local elections, but the Government should move urgently to confirm the full voting rights of all eligible EU Londoners beyond 2020.
At a time when British democracy is in crisis, we should encourage and facilitate full participation in the democratic system, so I will not allow Londoners’ voices to be silenced. We should look to Scotland and Wales, who are determined to bring democracy into the 21st century and expand the franchise by age and residency.