During the proceedings on the bill to hold a general election earlier this week, a number of amendments were tabled for debate in the committee stage of the bill. One of which was to give EU citizens, resident in the UK, the right to vote in our general election on 12th December. During their speeches at the second reading of the Bill, the leaders of Labour, SNP, and Liberal Democrats all announced their intention to vote for that amendment giving EU citizens the vote.
No other EU state affords that privilege (except that UK and the Republic of Ireland have a mutual arrangement that predates our EU membership).
It is an extra-ordinary measure of contempt for our own voters, who themselves voted to leave the EU, that these parties should seek to extend our general election franchise to EU voters. It is the equivalent of raising two fingers to UK voters.
Happily, the Deputy Speaker did not select the amendment, so it was never voted on, but the intention of the opposition parties, and the measure of their contempt was clear enough.