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European Community Membership (Referendum)

Volume 890: debated on Monday 14 April 1975

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asked the Lord President of the Council whether, if the Referendum Bill, as at present drafted, becomes law, (a) a Southern Irish citizen residing in Great Britain and (b) a British citizen living in Southern Ireland, respectively, will be able to vote.

Under the Bill a citizen of the Republic of Ireland who is on a current electoral register in the United Kingdom would be entitled to vote in the referendum. A British subject living in the Republic of Ireland would be entitled to vote in the referendum only if he had had a residence in the United Kingdom on 10th October 1974 and was otherwise qualified to be included in the electoral register and had been so included.