New evidence suggests the Conservative government in the United Kingdom systematically disenfranchised more than one million EU citizens and Brits abroad.
In a well-functioning democracy, it is the voters who choose their elected representatives, not the government which chooses the electorate.
That may be why the actions of the Conservative Government towards EU citizens in the UK and Britons living abroad is giving British democracy such a bad name.
As polls closed in the European elections held in Britain on 23 May, it became clear that something was seriously wrong. A large section of the electorate was missing.
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Roger Casale is the founder and Secretary General of New Europeans
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