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Visits during 2012 were received from a total of 71 countries, most from France but with the UK and Belgium not far behind.
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If you have not already done so and agree, why not add your vote to the total of 2,247 votes received to date in our on-line poll in support of our campaign to remove the 15-year-limit on the voting rights of British citizens?
I lived in France for 40 years without ever having the right to vote.
I created my own business and only recently retired.
Briefly, my own personal experience has taught me that while it is important TO HAVE THE VOTE AS A CITIZEN IT IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT TO BE REPRESENTED by a person in the form of an MP or a EMP (as opposed to an unknown entity on a list) to whom one might turn in the event of a difficulty when a particular country’s legistlation (in my particular case France) is in conflict with European legislation.
When I asked my local Mairie for the name of the EMP should contact about a particular problem concerning a difficulty with French legislation conflicting with European Directives, they couldn’t tell me and said I should write to them, they would pass it on to the appropriate authorities.
Thanks for your comment which mirrors the ideal type of representation already available to French expatriates, who have no arbitrary time limit on their right to vote and elect their own MPs such as the recently elected member for northern Europe, based in London currently hosting some 300,000 French citizens.
The problem for British expats in initially campaigning for such a system is the additional costs associated with extra overseas constituencies when the cash-strapped government is trying to redraw boundaries & equalise the size of current constituencies, as well as to reduce their total number by some 10% to achieve further cost saving.