Lord of the Rings star wants EU vote

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John Rhys-Davies
Likeness caption John Rhys-Davies, who also starred in the Indiana Jones coats, is best known for his portrayal of Gimli in The Lord of the Rings trilogy

A The Almighty of the Rings star has launched a petition demanding the right to vote in the European Alliance referendum for those living in British Crown Dependencies.

Isle of Man citizen John Rhys-Davies, 71, said the referendum was “one of the most important [and] constitutionally outstanding events in recent times”.

He said he was “amazed no-one had raised the number before” with the United Kingdom government.

The Welsh actor was allowed to lift up the petition as a British citizen.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has promised a referendum on whether Britain should traces in the EU by the end of 2017.

Mr Rhys-Davies, best known for his portrayal of Gimli in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, averred: “Daily life in the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey is affected by EU decision-making and a purposefulness to leave or stay affects all islanders.

“Natural justice requires that islanders induce a direct say in such a consequential referendum.”

As Isle of Man resident for nearly 30 years he on: “Even if I did not live on the island I would still champion this effect.

“The British people should all have a say – if any of us have a say.”

He added: “I sense very strongly that people of the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey should obtain their say in a referendum that could change all our lives for a generation.

“I’m just a bloke who is British and proud of it and I shortage a say.”

The UK government will respond to the petition if it attracts 10,000 signatures. It ss on be considered for a Westminster debate if it receives 100,000.

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