Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Home Opinion Letters

Denied right to vote because I am 'European'

Published 12/05/2015

Last Thursday, I went to the polling station to learn that I could not vote in the general election. I was told it was because I am "from Europe". My reply to the official at the polling station was: "So are you: this is Europe". It turns out he was legally in the right.

This is unsettling, though. I was born in Italy and moved here in 1998, where I have been living since (over 16 years). My three children were born here and their first language is English. I own two houses here and I have been running a company for 13 years, which employs 10 residents and contributes a substantial amount in tax to the Exchequer.

I didn't apply for a UK passport, although I would be entitled to, simply because I don't have to. I can live here as I am a EU national. I found it shocking and outrageous to be asked to pay tax, but to be denied the right to help decide what should be done with the tax I pay.


By email

Belfast Telegraph

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph