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Postby smuge » Tue Mar 31, 2015 3:17 pm

In the event of an in-out referendum vote, what does the law say about excluding UK resident other Europeans?
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Re: Referendum

Postby dls » Tue Mar 31, 2015 3:23 pm

Nothing.
Much of our law will need to be recreated upon an exit. Just how it will be recreated can only be decided at the time.
I suspect that such laws will at first simply be left in place until something else is fond to be put in its place.
The referendum itself has no legal effect - it is an instruction to parliament to make changes to respect the result.
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Re: Referendum

Postby atticus » Tue Mar 31, 2015 3:26 pm

Or is the question about rights to vote in a referendum?
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Re: Referendum

Postby smuge » Tue Mar 31, 2015 3:31 pm

atticus wrote:Or is the question about rights to vote in a referendum?
Yes. Thanks. :-)
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Re: Referendum

Postby dls » Tue Mar 31, 2015 3:32 pm

You may well be right.

If so, definitions of eligibility to vote tend to be specific to the issue - one is manufactured at the time. What I can say is that the ECHR jurisprudence says that prisoners of whatever source can be excluded.

Plenty of English living in Scotland voted for or against and rather more Scots living abroad were not allowed to vote.

In truth such questions (of nationality) have very little real meaning.
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Re: Referendum

Postby smuge » Tue Mar 31, 2015 3:59 pm

dls wrote:In truth such questions (of nationality) have very little real meaning.
I think the question of nationally may become significant in the event of a referendum. Excluding EU Migrants from participating could be significantly useful in term of vote rigging.
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Re: Referendum

Postby dls » Tue Mar 31, 2015 7:50 pm

It has no honest meaning. Yes, it has implications for 'vote rigging' and is therefore a loaded question.
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Re: Referendum

Postby Smouldering Stoat » Tue Mar 31, 2015 8:35 pm

Whatever choice is made will be presented as unacceptable vote-rigging by anyone who thinks it will cost them votes, and a sensible compromise by the other side. As a rough guide, any deviation from the normal electoral register is probably made with some dishonest intent.
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Re: Referendum

Postby dls » Wed Apr 01, 2015 5:03 am

any deviation from the normal electoral register is probably made with some dishonest intent.


That about sums up the Scottish Independence referendum.

The true point about the European Referendum is that the upcoming election will fail to provide any party with full majority. Any such result will provide a full and effective excuse to any party not to deliver anything particular they promised.
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Re: Referendum

Postby smuge » Mon May 25, 2015 10:17 am

I thought it inevitable. Vote rigging.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-32872211
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