The Lost Generations

Three groups were denied the right to vote in the referendum.  Had any two of the groups been allowed to vote the result would have been reversed.

Giving UK citizens overseas the right to vote, however long they have been there is a policy of all parties.  However legislation has been slow to appear, and approaching one million were denied the right to vote.

Giving 1.5 million 16-18 year olds the right to vote in a referendum was approved for the Scottish independence referendum but not for the UK exit from the EU.  There is little logic to why 16 year olds could make one decision but not the other.

Giving 3.3 million non-UK EU citizens who have been resident in the UK, paying taxes here, for five years or more a say, is fairer than only giving the three EU countries’ residents the right to vote (ie Ireland, Malta and Cyprus) whilst at the same time giving all the commonwealth countries’ residents in the UK also the right to vote.  It is the EU residents, who may have children in schools, be employing or employed in work here, be paying taxes here, who are most fearful of the future, just as the UK residents in Spain or France are fearful. The EU residents in the UK live work have families and pay taxes here, they should have had a say.

Finally there is evidence that polls, in the final days of an election or referendum, have big effect of whether one group or another is willing to turn out to the ballot.  In the 13 million group that did not vote there was a 13% majority for REMAIN which, alone would have overturned the result.

UKEUP would support those who suggest that polling results should not be published in the last days of an election or referendum.

Pierre Kirk