Ritchie calls for international investigation into UK democracy

Scottish Liberal Democrat MEP Sheila Ritchie has today backed a cross party letter from EU parliamentarians to the Venice Commission, calling for the international legal advisory body to undertake an investigation into democratic failings in the UK such as the disenfranchisement of non-UK EU citizens residing in the UK during the European Parliamentary elections and breaches of spending rules during the EU referendum in 2016.

The letter warns that “the UK has not met adequate democratic standards… we are not convinced that our existing government has either the will or the capacity to address these issues.” It has been signed by Liberal Democrat, Green, Labour and SNP MEPs.

Commenting on the letter, Ms Ritchie said:

“Every eligible voter should have the chance to cast their vote in a fair and democratic ballot.

“Sadly our democracy has looked decidedly second rate of late and the UK Government seem to have little interest in fixing it.

“An international investigation would put the spotlight back on the abuses of our democracy that have taken place and there is no more credible authority to conduct this investigation than the Venice Commission.”

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