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  1. Posted 11/05/2020 at 08:01 | Permalink

    This is all very well and interesting, but none of this resolves (or even addresses) any of the outstanding and thus far unresolved issues on citizens’ rights.
    In brief:
    – Until 31/1/2020, all 67 million UK citizens were also European citizens, giving them the right to live, work, study and retire in 30 other countries (EU+EEA). While some aspects of European citizenship will be maintained by UK citizens during 2020, as of 1/1/2021, all UK citizens will be completely stripped of their European citizenship and associated rights. The UK government has not addressed this upcoming crisis and has comprehensively failed to negotiate on behalf of its own citizens’ rights. Aside from the harsh reality that from 2021 al UK citizens will be comprehensively banned from living or work in EU + EEA member states, thus removing a vital safety mechanism for UK citizens particularly in case of economic or political failure in the UK, it will also take a particularly heavy toll on families with family members from different EU member states. Vast increases in deportations (UK to EU and vice versa) and enforced family separations are inevitable. The ‘jungle’ at Calais points to the future that we can all expect post-2021.
    – As of 1/2/2020, most UK citizens living in other EU member states have been forcibly removed from electoral registers and stripped of all voting rights. UK citizens are being subjected to mass disenfranchisement based purely on their nationality. Brexit has caused one of the largest abrogations of citizens’ rights in British history. Brexit has caused one of the largest mass disenfranchisements in history, and certainly the largest since the Jim Crow laws were passed in the USA in the late 19th century. As a direct result of Brexit, millions of UK citizens have been stripped of their voting rights and no longer have any political representation. Mr Shankar and others at the IEA need to ask themselves: how much are democratic voting rights worth in purely financial terms? If we compare, say, North Korea (no elections) and South Korea (free and fair elections), it’s clear that lifetime earnings of employees in North Korea are vastly lower than those in South Korea. The fact that North Koreans can’t vote, and find themselves living in a hereditary dictatorship, provides ample proof as to why this is the case. In choosing to align itself with the North Korean approach to voting, UK workers and citizens will suffer enormously in the long term.

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