Michael Gove has accused Keir Starmer of rigging future elections and undermining Brexit by getting EU citizens to vote.
The Labor leader’s proposal seeks to “downgrade the ultimate privilege of British citizenship,” Gove wrote in a letter seen in the Daily Mail.
It comes after The Telegraph revealed that Sir Keir plans to allow migrants who live permanently in the UK and pay taxes to vote in general elections if Labor takes power.
The move is expected to affect around 3.4 million EU nationals in Britain, who have already met the requirements to achieve “settled status”.
Sir Keir’s proposals also include giving votes to 16 and 17 year olds.
In his letter to the Labor leader, Leveling Up Minister Mr Gove asked: “Why do you think it is right to downplay the ultimate privilege of British citizenship – the right to vote in a general election?
“What do you say to those who say your approach is designed to undermine Brexit – and “manipulate” the voting system for national elections and referenda?
“Do you still believe that the ‘age of maturity in most cases’ is 18, or is this another area where you’ve changed your approach?”