Voters urged to consider millions of EU and British citizens denied General Election say

Millions of people in the UK have been denied the right to vote because of the ‘nonsensical’ laws surrounding who can cast a ballot.

The vote on December 12 has been dubbed the ‘ election’ but EU residents and many Brits who live abroad have no say.

Campaigners have now urged British voters to think of the disenfranchised in order for their voices to be heard at the polls.

Founder of the EU Citizens’ Champion campaign group, Tanja Bueltmann, said: ‘We are among the people that make the country tick every day and to not be able to vote is very problematic.

‘Why should it be that we pay into the country in the way we do but still get no say?

‘There has to be a progressive discussion about this and a streamlining of who is franchised.’

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An estimated 2.1 million EU and Swiss citizens living in the UK cannot vote in the General Election while there are a further 3 million Brits who have lost their vote after being abroad for more than 15 years.

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Irish, Maltese and Cypriot nationals and those from most Commonwealth citizens can vote in a UK election, leading campaigners to point out the discrepancy.

Brexit is seen to be voters’ main concern and any potential deal will affect freedom of movement and citizens’ rights for EU nationals in the UK and Brits living in the 27 other member states.

Adam is a British civil servant who went over to work in Brussels but has now lost his right to vote at home.

He said: ‘I’ve been here so long that the British government have taken away my right to vote. I need someone to stand up for me and the rights of my children.’

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EU nationals can vote in local UK elections and stand for election.

Brigitte has lived in Northern Ireland for 31 years, voted over the Good Friday agreement and also stood as a candidate in the local Stormont elections in 2016.

Yet she cannot cast a vote later this month and was excluded from the EU referendum in June 2016.

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Meanwhile Carole-Anne has been in Italy for 15 years but Brexit is likely to affect whether she moves back home or not.

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She told a short film: ‘When I came here I never thought I’d be in a position where my rights could be removed retrospectively and that I wouldn’t get a say in it.

‘When the new government is elected it’s going to be making life-changing decisions that directly affect me.

‘Things like my pension, healthcare and even my ability to move back to the UK to be with my family.’

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William Tobin has lived in France for over 15 years and while he cannot vote, a legal loophole means the Brit can still stand to become an MP.

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He will be standing against Prime Minister Boris Johnson for the Uxbridge constituency in order to highlight the ‘unfairness.’

William said: ‘Brexit and the UK’s future are of vital concern to us. Elections and referendum without us just aren’t legitimate.

‘We deserve a say in our own lives.’

A last-minute bid by MPs to reform voters’ rights and allow EU nationals to take part in the pre-Christmas poll failed.

There were also moves to extend the vote to 16 and 17 year olds, in line with local elections in Scotland, Wales, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

Professor Bueltmann added: ‘The current laws on who can vote don’t make sense as they stand.

‘They use different criteria to include or exclude different types of people.

‘We need a more streamlined approach.

‘There are so many people who have no say but there are here and have made a life, work and pay taxes.

‘We can vote on issues such as the bin collections but have no vote on the government.’

Professor Bueltmann said her campaign was non-partisan and designed to highlight the voting irregularities.

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She added: ‘These are the voices of the humans affected, it’s not making a political statement.

‘But it is meant to encourage people to think of those people when they cast their vote.’

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