Michael Gove has sparked a massive backlash today, after he criticised Labour’s plan to let EU nationals vote in a second referendum.
The cabinet minister has caused anger, after he slammed Labour’s proposal, claiming it would be “an assault on democratic principles”.
He said: “There’s a basic principle of democratic fairness. It is the case that EU nationals don’t vote have never voted in general elections and therefore don’t vote have never voted in referendums.”
Despite it being pointed out that Brexit will directly affect EU voters living in the UK he said letting them vote would be “fundamentally an assault on democratic principles”.
But his comments have not gone down well. Once Twitter user said:
While another commented:
And it is not the first time Gove has shown that he is only interested in British nationals. Last month, he was accused of “whipping up detestable anti-immigrant sentiment” after he wrote an op-ed for the Times claiming that Labour’s immigration policy would make Britain “less safe”.
Now, he has dismissed the concerns of the some three million EU nationals who live in the UK with the same
Maike Bohn, founder of campaign group the3million said:
“Once again the Tory party is using words that portray EU citizens negatively to score a political point. Using the word “rigging” implies that long-term EU residents don’t have the UK’s best interests at heart. The Tories keep saying we are their colleagues, friends and family while simultaneously denying us a say. Giving EU citizens a voice in any future referendum is simply addressing the democratic deficit of the previous one.
Gove also said it would mean Britain would be more likely to favour Remain in this scenario. The Conservatives are running scared of democracy to push through Brexit. We can’t let them win.