Non-existent voting rights for global citizens.
Twenty-seven years as EU national in the UK paying taxes, yet no right whatsoever to vote in the EU Referendum. Thus is the fate of transnationals: taxation without representation. People mounted revolutions over that…
Look at the numbers: three million EU nationals living in the UK, roughly 5% of the population, have no parliamentary representation. In my constituency 17% are non-British residents but in election terms they are of no consequence to the local MP.
UK nationals who have lived outside the country for more than 15 years are not allowed to vote; a totally arbitrary and disenfranchising rule. Let’s assume that three million Brits live overseas – we know of some 1.5 million living in the EU – and that 10% have been there longer than 15 years. Consequently, a voting bloc of 300,000 individuals is cut out of the parliamentary process.
On the flip-side, a Canadian who has lived less than two years in the UK was allowed to vote in the Referendum. Go figure, the contradictions are endless. As written before: democracy in the UK, really…?
To show that hundreds of thousands of voters are important, look at the French community in London. Le Figaro reported (11 July) that all of the politically-Right candidates in the upcoming French elections came to London to court the estimated 250,000-400,000 French who live in the city: Sarkozy, Juppé, Fillon and even minor candidates like Didier and Myard.
On top of that, the transnational community is made a political football. Therese (Remain-but-no-campaign) May has made the EU nationals in the UK a bargaining chip in Brexit negotiations.
Unfortunately for her, transnationals have one way to vote: with their feet.