Gibraltar votes defeat likely

Parliament: The House
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THE GOVERNMENT faces defeat in the Lords today over demands by Gibraltar for

full voting rights for its citizens.

Ministers have refused to amend the law to give Gibraltans the franchise in

European elections, but the Conservative majority in the Lords is in favour.

The Gibraltar government has been lobbying for the move, but the British

Government says it cannot act without consulting the other member states of

the European Union.

At the second reading of the European Parliamentary Elections Bill,

Conservatives will back an amendment to give Gibraltar rights already extended

to other states' territories, including Andorra and the Canary Islands.