Given the option, it could be strongly argued that to uphold a fair democracy that we should only allow British born citizens to vote on such an important subject matter facing the country, and if that option were given, it almost certainly should be taken.
Unfortunately that option on this occasion has not been granted, and numerous petitions demanding that only British Born Citizens be able to vote on June 23rd in the IN/OUT referendum, have all but fallen on deaf ears.
Let’s see how this could actually be of benefit to Brexit on this occasion.
The 2011 Census shows that there are 894,087 commonwealth voters eligible to vote, and all of these votes are available for the OUT campaign to seize upon, if only however we are willing to engage with commonwealth voters, on some facts.
Many may claim that it is a small number, and that it would not be able to swing the vote, however, if we were to repeat the 2015 General Election, and all commonwealth citizens had voted that number would represent 3% which simplified means that it could have offered a total of a 6% swing in the result.
There is a strong lingering from Commonwealth citizens who have migrated to the UK, that during the entire process it had been extremely difficult, and almost like a lottery to get immigration status, in comparison to the 500 Million Europeans who can come and go within the UK as they please, regardless of lack of qualifications, or serious criminal convictions.
Many highly educated & skilled commonwealth citizens including Australians, Canadians & Indians are simply refused entry based on a quota, who could provide a valuable service to the UK in industries where we may be severely under staffed, however for instance a Romanian beggar, with a criminal record for a double murder would be granted instant access to our country, and benefits system with no questions asked overnight, and no, unfortunately that is not a gross exaggeration.
We need to strive in advising commonwealth citizens residing in the UK, that by not having an Australian style immigration system in place, we are refusing an acceptable amount of talented people from entering Britain from commonwealth countries, and we are accepting just about anybody, from any EU country!
Commonwealth Citizens eligible to vote in the referendum include:
Antigua and Barbuda, Kenya, Samoa, Australia, Kiribati, Seychelles, The Bahamas, Lesotho, Sierra Leone, Bangladesh, Malawi, Singapore, Barbados, Malaysia, Solomon Islands, Belize, Maldives, South Africa, Botswana, Malta, Sri Lanka, Brunel, Darussalam, Mauritius, Swaziland, Cameroon, Mozambique, United Republic of Tanzania, Canada, Namibia, Tonga, Cyprus, Nauru, Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica, New Zealand, Tuvalu, Fiji Islands, Nigeria, Uganda, The Gambia, Pakistan, United Kingdom, Ghana, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Grenada, Rwanda, Zambia, Guyana St. Kitts, and Nevis, Zimbabwe, India, St Lucia Jamaica, St Vincent & The Grenadines.