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Tuesday, 2 October 2018 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Disenfranchisement of voting rights in the EU (debate)

  Catherine Stihler (S&D). – Mr President, thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak this evening. Firstly, I want to say how appalled I was today to hear the British Prime Minister boast about ending freedom of movement. This is denying every UK citizen the opportunity to live, work and study across 27 countries. On a personal level – I myself, my family, my friends, my constituents – we are all going to lose our EU citizenship. This is something we value and it is shameful to boast about denying individuals the rights they currently enjoy. With Brexit, far from creating a global Britain, my country is becoming Little Britain, smaller, insular and isolated.

On voting rights, the dreadful disenfranchisement of UK citizens living abroad during the EU referendum is one which the EU must never allow to happen again. How could those who have most to lose have been denied their rightful say? The terrible uncertainty hanging over UK citizens currently living in the EU is one which could have been avoided. The EU needs to act to protect all its citizens’ rights.

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