The Mail Online article below reveals that the UK has the 8th highest expat rate in the world with 7% (4.5 million) of the British population living abroad and the top three destinations Australia (1.2 million), the US (700,000) and Canada (675,000).
The majority leave the UK for more than 4 years, with 62% of expats for reasons including formal study, looking for work or for a definite job in another country.
This does not make them disloyal citizens of the United Kingdom, particularly given the historical, cultural, family and strategic ties with Australia, the US and Canada. The Internet has also removed for these expats the previous constraints of physical distance on continuing ties with the UK.
This has now been recognised by the government in establishing the means to register on-line for expats to continue to vote (for up to 15 years) in UK national elections.
There is a critical need to improve on the current poor registration rates of British expats (historically only some 20,000 – 30,000) to encourage the government to go further and also remove the current 15-year-limit on our national voting rights, should the registration rates for the 2015 general election reach average constituency size (70,000 – 100,000).
Why not now add your supporting vote here for our campaign to remove the rather arbitrary and undemocratic 15-year-limit put on British citizens voting from abroad? It’s a way of showing our steadily growing support. Note that Australia, the US and Canada do not discriminate against their own expatriate citizens in this way.