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EU citizens angry at being denied a vote in UK

 

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip leave after voting in theEuropean Parliament Elections, taking place despite Brexit uncertainty, in Sonning, Britain, May 23, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville

 

LONDON (Reuters) - Hundreds of EU citizens trying to cast their vote for the European Parliament elections in the United Kingdom on Friday have been turned away because of administrative mistakes, a campaign group said.

 

Britain was not supposed to be taking part in the elections for the European Parliament as it was due to leave the bloc on March 29. However, the rejection of the divorce deal that Prime Minister Theresa May struck with Brussels meant Brexit was delayed until October, requiring the vote to go ahead.

 

Large numbers of EU nationals recounted on Twitter how they had arrived at polling stations to find their names had been crossed off the list of eligible voters, saying officials had failed to deal with the necessary forms in time.

 

"I'm an EU citizen and registered to vote in time, but apparently my form saying that I was going to vote in the UK didn't arrive before the deadline," said Ana Clara Paniago.

 

The UK's election watchdog said if an EU citizen wanted to vote in Britain rather than their home state, they had to transfer their right to do so 12 days ahead of the poll.

 

"We understand the frustration of some citizens of other EU member states, resident in the UK, who have been finding they are unable to vote today when they wish to do so," the Electoral Commission said in a statement.

 

"The very short notice from the government of the UK's participation in these elections impacted on the time available for awareness of this process amongst citizens, and for citizens to complete the process."

 

The 3million group, which campaigns in Britain on behalf of EU citizens from the bloc's other 27 member states, said it had been contacted by hundreds of angry people who had been turned away when they tried to vote.

 

"It is outrageous that the incompetence and unwillingness of the government and the Electoral Commission have denied these people a vote," it said in a statement, calling for an investigation into what it called a "democratic disaster".

 

(Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by John Stonestreet)

 

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29 minutes ago, Emdog said:

This seems rather strange to me. Why should citizens of other EU countries be allowed to vote in UK elections? Should I protest not be allowed to vote in Thai elections as I am a US citizen?

Should a Texan voter be allowed to vote in Maine for US elections? 

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2nd Referendum is the only option . Obviously the eejits who voted leave have by now seen that they were fooled and lied to by snakes like farage and johnson . lets have a referendum and clear this mess up . Vote those tories out !!!

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17 minutes ago, Scutty said:

2nd Referendum is the only option . Obviously the eejits who voted leave have by now seen that they were fooled and lied to by snakes like farage and johnson . lets have a referendum and clear this mess up . Vote those tories out !!!

It seems to have gone without comment, but the Brexiteers here on TVF who are ardently against a second referendum clearly regard this EU election as ...... erm.... a... proxy second referendum.

 

Go riddle me that.

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8 minutes ago, Chomper Higgot said:

It seems to have gone without comment, but the Brexiteers here on TVF who are ardently against a second referendum clearly regard this EU election as ...... erm.... a... proxy second referendum.

Even more so after EU citizens have been denied their right to participate. 

 

What they fail to see is that it doesn’t help them with their cause. They need a majority in parliament, not more meaningless polls. 

 

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