MOST European Union migrants living in Britain will be barred from voting in the in-out referendum.
It answers a fear raised by the UK Independence Party and others that letting European migrants cast ballots could skew the result in favour of Britain staying in.
David Cameron has also set his face against allowing 16 and 17-year-olds to vote – another victory for Eurosceptics who warned younger people are most likely to be pro-European.
The moves come as Mr Cameron prepares to entertain EU Commission president Jean- Claude Juncker tonight at the Prime Minister’s official Chequers residence.
Allowing EU citizens to vote in our referendum would have been an unacceptable dilution of the voice of the British people
Other European figures have already suggested that Mr Cameron’s surprise election win and certainty now that he will hold his referendum by the end of 2017 means they must take seriously his demands for reform.
Legislation paving the way for Britain’s first EU referendum since 1975 and confirming the decision on who can vote will be introduced in Parliament on Thursday.
It will be the centrepiece of Wednesday’s Queen’s Speech.
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