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originally posted by: theabsolutetruth
Decision has been made.
EU referendum: Foreigners barred from historic vote
Only British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens who are resident in the UK will be allowed to vote in the referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union
More than 1million foreigners living in Britain will be banned from voting in the EU referendum, the Conservatives have announced, in a significant boost to Eurosceptic campaigners.
David Cameron believes that the British people must decide the future of the nation's membership of the European Union in the first referendum for more than 40 years.
originally posted by: grainofsand
Yay! That makes me smile.
I'd rather an Aussie bloke with parents who were born in the UK, living and working here, getting the vote than a guy from Hungary who can't speak much English and has zero historical ties with these islands.
Mr Cameron will on Monday step up his campaign to win back more powers from Brussels by hosting Jean Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, at his Chequers country residence for dinner.
Mr Juncker is reportedly planning push the Prime Minister to hold the referendum in 2016 or "as soon as possible" despite concerns that this will not give Britain time to secure reforms.
Mr Cameron has said he is committed to holding a referendum by 2017 at the latest, but has suggested he is prepared to hold one sooner if negotiations with Brussels prove successful.
The Prime Minister will set out his plans to bar foreign jobseekers claiming benefits and deport them from the UK if they do not find work within six months, which he has described as an "absolute requirement".
After delivering the Queen's Speech on Wednesday the Prime Minister will embark on a two-day diplomatic offensive as he travels 3,000 miles and visits Denmark, Holland, France, Poland and Germany.
Citizens from most EU countries living in the UK will not get a vote in the referendum on Europe, No 10 has said.
The franchise will be broadly the same as for a general election, rather than local or European elections.
Irish citizens in the UK are eligible. Residents from two other EU nations, Malta and Cyprus, also qualify, along with others from the Commonwealth.