Questioning the resistance of some British politicians to granting continuing voting rights for British citizens living abroad, , Ben Lenthall commented recently on our blog:
“The answer from the authorities seems to be – if you want to live abroad, forget your roots, become a citizen of that country and vote there.
I live in France, but I don’t want to be French – I’m British and proud to be so. Why should I have to change my nationality in order to be enfranchised?
By all means give me the choice to be French if you must and then take away my UK vote – but if I decide to remain British and care about my country, I should have that right. Never more so than when our very membership of the Club of nations which allows us to be in Europe is being called into question.
If it affects me directly and it does – I demand the right to be represented.”
If you agree with Ben’s argument, please add your vote here in support of our campaign to remove the current 15-year-limit on our voting rights.