Most EU nationals living in the UK cannot vote – leaving many feeling like pawns in a political game
In a threadbare youth centre in Bradford, Vie Clerc, who got off a Eurostar from Paris 19 years ago with £50 in her pocket and never left, laments the irony. “It’s the first one I’ll actually be able to vote in,” she said. “Shame I’ve never felt less British.”
In a bright mezzanine office in Bristol, Denny Pencheva, who landed in 2013 from Bulgaria via Copenhagen and now teaches at the university, bemoans politicians “who use us to score their political points, but don’t actually have to consider us – because politically, we don’t count”.
The ordinary spaces of human interaction have become politicised, beyond belief
Everyone you meet now, you sort of calculate: leaver or remainer? Like, how will they react to me?
We’ve lived here so long, paid taxes, contributed, raised fine, English-speaking children whose future is here.
The Windrush scandal obviously crystallised our concerns.
I’ve honestly never felt so excluded by Britain’s political class, and I came here in the early days of Margaret Thatcher.
As a former East German, I just want to shout it out loud, I want everyone to know: ‘Them and us’ never, ever works.
The whole thing has been so dreadfully handled. It just feels like Britain is kind of closing down'Politically we don't count': EU citizens fear for future in UK
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