Over 50,000 fewer people will vote in next European Election because of Brexit – Hayes
Fine Gael MEP, Brian Hayes has today (Sunday) said that 50,000 fewer people will be able vote in the next European election in Ireland because of Brexit.
“If the UK are to leave the EU within the 2 year timeframe they will not contest the next European Elections scheduled for May 2019. This means that 53,562 UK citizens who are registered to vote in Ireland will be unable to vote in that election.”
“Currently any EU citizen living in Ireland can register to vote in a European election at their Irish address. For example, a Spanish citizen living in Dublin City can register to vote in the Dublin constituency. The same applies to any Irish citizen living in another EU Member State. However, when the UK ceases to be a member of the EU, their citizens living across the EU will no longer be eligible to vote.”
“This will have a significant impact on the register of electors for the 2019 European election. There are currently 12,640 UK citizens registered to vote in the Dublin constituency, 18,455 registered in the Midlands/Northwest constituency and 22,467 registered in the South constituency. In total 53,562 fewer people will be able to vote.”
“UK citizens registered in Ireland will continue to be able to vote in both Local Authority and Dail Elections,” concluded MEP Hayes