British citizens, resident Commonwealth citizens and the Irish will be voting in the referendum on UK continued membership of the EU. The protests from people living in the UK with various European nationalities, on discovering there is no such thing as a European passport, were many.
My favourite was the Italians: we're paying taxes in the UK they cried (but tribute never conferred Roman citizenship); had they paid taxes in Italy perhaps they would have been able to stay and work in their paradise of a country and contest the failures of the European Union's economic and political rigidities from there.
As the EU unravels, starting from the fundamentally ill-conceived Eurozone, and continuing through the necessary reassertions of political realities it was supposed to supersede, the limits of 'extend and pretend' are reached. The EU's democratic deficits are exposed in elections in Greece, Spain, the UK and now Poland; its wobbles over migration and settlement mark profound fault lines.
We have Renzi's Partito Democratico, Cameron's Conservatives, Tsipras' Syriza, Iglesias' Podemos, and the new Polish President all calling for a new Europe. But no forum. The European parliament is a fake.
The 'European' electorate does not exist.