Let EU citizens living in the UK vote in the EU membership referendum
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By the end of 2017, the UK will have voted in a referendum on whether to leave the European Union.
For 15 years I have lived, studied and worked – and paid my taxes – in this beautiful country which has become my home. I am a primary school governor. My children have UK passports. And yet the government says that I and other non-British EU nationals cannot vote in a referendum that could turn our lives upside down. This cannot be fair.
A referendum on Europe will decide the fate of 1.5 million of EU citizens who live in the UK, work and pay their taxes, contribute to their communities and play a major part in the economy. We are asking for the right to have a say in our own lives and our own futures.
In the last few years I have voted for my local councillor. I voted for my regional MEPs in European Elections. If I lived in Scotland, I could have voted in the independence referendum. Like that event, this referendum will be a once-in-a-generation moment and we will all have to live with its consequences in the years ahead. Therefore it is only right and democratic that everyone with a stake in the result should get a say.
Originally from France but the daughter of Portuguese immigrants, I have always felt England accepted me for who I was, with my double culture. I came to the UK first as an EU-funded ERASMUS student, and later I had the incredible opportunity of doing a PhD here. I am very grateful for the freedom of movement that allowed me to learn and achieve so much. It is this open-mindedness and tolerance that I treasure in the UK.
I call on the government, and on all MPs involved in these negotiations, not to silence EU citizens who are happy and settled in the UK, who work here and pay our taxes, who love this country and its people.
We are all part of the same community, whether British or not, and we all have a role to play in our society. We should be making this decision together. Please sign and share this petition if you agree.
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