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Opinion: Why should someone from Maputo get to vote in the EU referendum when someone from Mons doesn’t?

When we vote in the referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU,  it is important to understand that we will deciding on our citizenship. Currently, all holders of full UK passports are legally defined as EU citizens and if we leave, we will collectively be renouncing this citizenship and many of the associated rights, even if we manage to negotiate a Norway-style relationship within the wider European Economic Area.

The government’s decision on who will have the franchise in the referendum should be viewed in this context.

All Irish and Commonwealth nationals living legally in the UK will get a vote. The Guardian tells us there are 3.4 million people from 47 countries in this category which is certainly enough to influence the result. They include EU nationals from Cyprus and Malta by virtue of their countries’ Commonwealth membership.

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Opinion: Make no apologies for religion on equal marriage

If there’s one thing that really irks me about the Tory leadership’s rightful defence of equal marriage, it is this constant, almost apologetic necessity to seek to justify the position by reminding everyone that ‘religious freedoms’ will in no way be encroached upon by this piece of legislation. In his albeit heartfelt endorsement of allowing gay people to enter into “a great institution”, David Cameron was at pains to remind us that any religious groups who oppose the reform will not be forced to hold same-sex marriages.

In a country where the church-going population barely exceeds 10%, it is a …

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  • User AvatarAnthony Tuffin 1st Aug - 11:06pm
    There is an even stronger argument for reforming local elections in England and Wales than reforming MP elections: One party Councils No change for generations...
  • User AvatarAndrew 1st Aug - 10:54pm
    Nvelope2003, yes... I was just reading what John Stuart Mill thought actually... Inheritance tax more than income tax (to keep the playing field level). Worker's...
  • User Avatarnvelope2003 1st Aug - 10:41pm
    Neil Sandison; What exactly would your elected Second Chamber do apart from delaying legislation and costing a lot of money ? Do we need two...
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    Andrew: Well it is the job of the Liberal Democrats to put forward a form of capitalism which would be of benefit to ordinary people...
  • User AvatarAndrew 1st Aug - 10:20pm
    nvelope2003, The Scottish by-elections have not been much worse actually... ALDC have a rather unconventional way of reporting STV elections and we were up in...
  • User Avatarnvelope2003 1st Aug - 10:17pm
    Re the above - I should have said 1950s Conservatives failed to do much - sorry