For British Eurosceptics, their government has announced an important voter limitation for the forthcoming referendum on EU membership: people from most EU countries living in the UK will not get a vote. They number about 1.5m and Euro-sceptics calculate that most will vote for Britain staying in.
This announcement is a reminder that technical rules regulating elections underpin campaign rhetoric either positively or negatively.
The BBC reports this decision as follows:
Citizens from most EU countries living in the UK will not get a vote in the referendum on Europe.
The eligibility rules will be broadly the same as for a general election, rather than local or European votes.
Irish citizens in the UK are eligible. Residents from two other EU nations, Malta and Cyprus, also qualify, along with others from the Commonwealth.