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Voting rights for EU Londoners

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 28th February 2020.

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Photo of Joanne McCartney Joanne McCartney Labour

Do you support full voting rights for EU citizens who will remain in their home city of London?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

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.