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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 AvatarRichard Underhill 7th Jul - 8:35pm
    The deadline is 15 July 2015. This is agonising. The candidates probably have enough information for a PhD thesis.
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    @ Sally Haynes-Preece. "If we are going to try to act against IS, it makes no sense to ignore a border they regard as irrelevent"...
  • User AvatarRichard Underhill 7th Jul - 8:23pm
    Danny Alexander was on the BBV TV Daily Politics today, 7/7/2015. He was open to ideas about MPs job sharing. A Green had wanted to...
  • User AvatarCraig Morrison 7th Jul - 8:06pm
    Seems to me that Lib Dems are now getting the credit for what they did in government, sadly people didn't see this before the election...
  • User AvatarPaul Walter 7th Jul - 7:51pm
    Sammy I have already replied to you on this subject on another thread. Norman Lamb didn't for equal marriage at the third reading. Nor did...
  • User AvatarCllr. David Becket 7th Jul - 7:48pm
    The country, if not journalists, may work it out on Wednesday when they see the Budget the Lib Dems stopped
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