Use the British Parliament Franchise at a 2nd IndyRef


The British Parliament franchise should be used for all British questions

In a democracy, power over the Franchise – who can and cannot vote – is one of the most important powers.

Here is how the Franchise in the UK breaks down for the various elections:

British Parliament Franchise

(at British General Elections; and UK-wide Referendums)

Only British Citizens (and citizens of the Republic of Ireland, and Commonwealth countries), 18 years and older, can vote.

Scottish Parliament Franchise

(at Scottish Parliamentary Elections, Scottish Local Elections; and Referendums specific to Scotland and under the authority of Holyrood)

As above, with the addition of resident citizens of EU countries, 16 years and older.

That is, citizens of EU countries are allowed to vote (for now) at every election in the UK (other than the British General Election, and UK-wide referendums overseen by Westminster).

SNP/GREENS WANT EU CITIZENS to CONTINUE to be ALLOWED to VOTE

At the referendum on 18 September 2014, Holyrood was allowed to set the Franchise. It chose the Scottish Parliament Franchise. Therefore, EU citizens and 16-year olds were allowed to vote.