Tuesday 27 September 2016

New campaign urges Irish people to vote in Brexit referendum

Geraldine Gittens

Published 18/04/2016 | 18:59

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An Irish organisation which works to develop Ireland’s relationship with the EU has launched a campaign urging Irish people in the UK to vote in the upcoming referendum.

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European Movement Ireland is urging them to register to vote by a deadline of June 7, ahead of the referendum on June 23.

The awareness raising campaign is aimed at both  Irish-born people who live in the UK and  British citizens who live in Ireland.

Maurice Pratt, Chairman of European Movement Ireland said: “An estimated 500,000 Irish people based in England, Scotland and Wales, are eligible to vote on June 23 and can do so, as part of a much larger Irish diaspora of about 5 million people in the UK. There are also an estimated 280,000 British born people living in Ireland.”

The #PhoneAFriend campaign is running to urge people to spread the message to whoever is eligible to vote. Postcards will also be issued which can be sent to relatives reminding them to register.

“Irish people in the UK and British people in Ireland simply have to log onto www.gov.uk/register-to-vote - it’s that easy and as of today, they have just over 7 weeks to do so,” said EM Ireland’s Executive Director, Noelle O Connell .

“Everyone will of course accept the final decision of the UK electorate but we hope that all of those who are eligible to vote will do so.  It’s vital that they have their say on the day, including Irish people who have a unique opportunity to participate in this important vote,” concluded Mr Pratt.

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