In a press conference last week to present the 2013 EU Citizenship Report, Viviane Reding, the Commission Vice President announced that they will seek to help Britons who live abroad to keep their right to vote after the 15 year period is over.
“The practice in some member states of depriving their citizens of their right to vote once they move to another EU country is effectively tantamount to punishing citizens for having exercised their right to free movement.”
This would bring the UK into line with most other member states of the European Union (EU), in allowing their non-resident citizens to continue to vote nationally in their home nations, that is apart from eg Ireland and Denmark.
It would also ensure that all British citizens resident in another EU country at the time of the proposed In/Out Referendum on continuing UK membership of the EU, would be able to exercise their democratic right to vote.
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You can also make sure whether you can still vote or not by visiting the Electoral Commission website www.aboutmyvote.co.uk. Either way it would be appreciated if you could show your support for our campaign to remove the 15-year-limit on our voting rights by adding your vote here in our on-line poll.