Reading Tories have held back in supporting a push that would allow all EU citizens the right to vote in elections after Brexit.
Just 6.2 per cent backed Boris Johnson’s party in last year’s election – throwing doubt on whether he will carry out pledge to abolish time limit on expat voting.
But government faces demands to extend the right unilaterally beyond next year.
‘The way they have been treated over the past three years is shameful,’ says frontrunner.
Minister says Labour proposal to enfranchise 2m EU nationals would be ‘assault on democracy’.
The PM said the Labour leader should reconsider plans to extend the franchise to EU nationals living in the UK if the vote goes ahead.
The 12 December election is on a knife edge and tactical voting could stop Boris Johnson keeping the keys to Number 10.
Dominic Grieve says Brexit must be "defining issue" of snap December general election.
Boris Johnson could be denied election majority if third of pro-EU voters abandon party loyalty, poll finds 30/10/2019
Survey for anti-Brexit campaign predicts tactical vote could dent PM’s projected 44-seat majority.
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As parliament goes through the process of calling a December election, MPs will also vote on an amendment that would extend the franchise to EU citizens.
EU citizens living in the UK can vote in local elections, but not in general elections. Each referendum has its own eligibility rules, which can exclude EU citizens. Yet these votes are making decisions that are very relevant to EU citizens.
200,000 people register to vote in 72 hours 05/09/2019
Nearly 200,000 people have applied to register to vote in just 72 hours, and more than half of them are under 35.
A Brexit Party MEP has tweeted a video of himself trying to use EU Parliament voting machines and appearing to claim that they are rigged. / The video tweeted by Lance Forman, the Brexit Party MEP for London, shows him attempting to press the 'no' button on a voting machine.
Data shows only one in 10 EU citizens able to vote in some parts of Britain. / The government has been accused of “shocking complacency” over the European election voting rights controversy as new data revealed that as few as one in 10 EU citizens were able to cast their vote in some areas of Britain.
Campaign groups prepare legal challenge following ‘systemic denial’ of suffrage. / The government is facing the prospect of being sued by campaigners for EU citizens in the UK and British nationals abroad who were denied a vote in the European parliament elections.
Brexit has left EU citizens ostracised and anxious – and now it’s even taken away their right to vote 24/05/2019
I never thought “voter suppression” would be a phrase that I'd ever associate with British politics. Unfortunately, the events witnessed on European Election polling day, which left registered European citizens unable to vote, leave me struggling to find the adequate words to describe how much of a mess it was.
At least three local councils across England and Wales have admitted that they ran out of time to print and send postal ballots for the European elections to some overseas voters, leaving them effectively disenfranchised.
EU citizen votes - Call to investigate claims of EU voters being denied their right to vote (Scottish Government) 24/05/2019
Constitutional Relations Secretary Michael Russell has called for an investigation into reports that EU citizens were unable to vote in the EU Parliament elections.
Thousands of angry voters posted on Twitter using the #DeniedMyVote hashtag to report they had been turned away from polling stations, despite believing they had registered to take part.
EU citizens living in the UK have told of their anger after they were unable to vote in the European elections.
Voters described turning up to take part in the European parliamentary elections only to find their name had been crossed out 'in red pen'.
'Thousands' of British citizens living abroad denied vote in EU elections due to administrative errors 23/05/2019
Thousands of British nationals living abroad have been deprived of their votes in today’s elections due to administrative errors by UK authorities, according to widespread reports.