Should Foreign Residents Get Full Voting Rights in UK Elections?
Updates : UK general election set for 12 December 2019. The foreign nationals residing in UK will not be allowed to vote in the early election.
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Plans for a one-line bill were announced by Boris Johnson minutes after he failed at his third attempt to secure the two-thirds of MPs needed to allow an early poll without changing the law. The simple motion has opened the possibility for the MPs to amend the election bill.
Jeremy Corbyn said he would support amendments to the election bill calling for votes for 16-year-olds and EU nationals with settled status.
Earlier in September, Labour has announced plans to give full voting rights to foreign residents and EU citizens living in the UK. Yesterday, SNP and Lib Dems have also suggested the same idea.
A Motion to extend franchise to millions of immigrants was voted with large majority by Labour members.
The motion was tabled by the Labour Campaign for Free Movement and was passed at the party’s conference in Brighton in September.
A motion passed by delegates at the gathering in Brighton will see the party adopt a promise to "extend equal rights to vote to all UK residents" if it wins power.
The change, which was first revealed by The Independent on Sunday, could have a major impact on future elections and any fresh Brexit referendum. Three million EU nationals residing in UK would a have a say in a potential second referendum.
The immigration motion approved supports the dismantling of the ‘hostile environment’ through a number of measures, from specific legislative moves to broader party campaign objectives.
In the UK, full voting rights are currently limited to citizens of the UK, Ireland and Commonwealth countries. EU citizens living in the UK can vote in local and European elections, but not general elections.
The motion backed in Brighton is committing the party to include the proposals in its next manifesto. The motion states that Labour will campaign for "free movement, equality and rights for migrants", and reject any immigration policies based on "incomes, migrants' utility to business and number caps or targets".
“In 2017, it was a source of shame for many activists that our manifesto included ending free movement. Now we can move forward not only committed to defending free movement, but to giving migrants to vote” said Ana Oppenheim, from the Labour Campaign for Free Movement.
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