"How can the will of the people exclude people like me?"

04 August 2017

This story was sent to us by Daniel. who is originally from Luxembourg but lives in the North of England.

"I came to the UK in 1993 to study at Edinburgh University, where I met my English wife to be. After graduation I decided to follow her to the North of England and began a career, bought a house, got married and had kids. I never considered myself a migrant.  I always thought of myself as an EU citizens exercising his right to work and live in another country. And I continue to be angry that I as someone who has contributed for over 20 years to the economy in this country was excluded from voting in the referendum. As were 3 million fellow EU citizens, especially as Commonwealth citizens were not. I continue to be angry because of the course the country has now taken, which frankly has brought the worst out of Britain. Britain is now weak, isolated and has enfranchised the xenophobic elements in this once enlightened country. I am also angry because my English kids and wife will lose their rights to live, study and work in other EU countries. I am still hoping Brexit - which is absurd on so many levels - will be reversed. Otherwise I will have to consider leaving this country as I am not prepared for my kids to pay for this foolishness.

I certainly agree with your premise that the proposed rights to EU citizens do not go far enough and are a joke, and that people who have lived and paid their taxes in a country should get full voting rights. How can the will of the people exclude people like me? There were millions of us who would have voted to remain if we had the right to vote. The so-called will of the people is only 27% of the population."

Do you think the North East needs its own voice in the EU exit negotiations?

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