Labour mulls giving foreign nationals the vote in UK general elections
Labour will “extend equal rights to vote to all UK residents” if it wins the next general election, according to a motion set to be voted on during the party’s annual conference in Brighton on Tuesday. It is “fundamentally wrong” that millions of UK residents cannot vote in general elections, the motion states. It is very likely to pass, according to the Independent newspaper.
The measure was inserted by Labour for Free Movement, a coalition of party members working to extend citizens’ rights to migrants. It also seeks to “close all detention centres" and “scrap all Hostile Environment measures,” referring to laws designed to make life as difficult as possible for people who are in the UK illegally, hoping to convince them to leave the country.
🎉🎉🎉AMAZING NEWS: We made the priorities ballot and our motion will get heard at #Lab19! 🎉🎉🎉Lobby your delegates to vote in favour! Socialism must be for everyone, not just for those with the right passports. 🌹🌹🌹#LabourConference2019pic.twitter.com/uBPi0Co3kG— Labour for Free Mvmt (@labfreemvmt) September 21, 2019
Expanding the general election franchise, which is currently open only to Brits, citizens of the Commonwealth, and Irish citizens (though Europeans and other foreigners can vote in local and European elections), could allow the three million Europeans living in the UK to torpedo Brexit once and for all if a general election is called before the UK leaves the EU. Should Labour hold a second referendum, as party leader Jeremy Corbyn has promised, the foreign Remain vote would easily tip the scales.Also on rt.com Corbyn plans 2nd Brexit referendum next June if Labour wins power
The controversial motion has been met with skepticism at best, as well as outright criticism.
Which, you might say, is not the most politically savvy position.— Lewis Goodall (@lewis_goodall) September 23, 2019
Many Brits were not pleased to hear of Labour’s plan, with one citizen tweeting: “If Labour get anywhere near power, they will cause chaos on so many fronts - it’s very scary to say the least!”
What do we want? We're not entirely sure.When do we want it? Hmmm, well, that all depends.Political chants ain't what they used to be. #Lab19— Jay Rayner (@jayrayner1) September 23, 2019
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