It is important that EU citizens should be aware of their rights in this respect. But it is perhaps equally important that they are informed that if they wish to be a candidate, they will need to place pounds 1,000 as a deposit - only returnable if they secure 5 per cent or more of votes cast. In addition, due to the obstinacy of the UK government, their vote or candidature will be at the mercy of the first-past-the- post voting system that will be operating throughout the UK (with the exception of the six counties of Northern Ireland) on 9 June.
Surely it is high time that MEPs were elected on an equal basis from all EU countries.
The writer is the Green Party prospective European parliamentary candidate for North-east Essex and South Suffolk.Reuse content