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Irish Citizens (Voting Rights)

Volume 24: debated on Tuesday 25 May 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will bring forward legislative proposals to ensure that citizens of the Republic of Ireland shall no longer enjoy the right to stand and vote in United Kingdom elections; and if he will make a statement.

My right hon. Friend has no plans to do so. The rights accorded to citizens of the Republic of Ireland resident in the United Kingdom reflect the close historical relationship between the two countries.