The Committee Stage debate on the EU Referendum Bill begins in the House of Lords on the 28th October, 2015.
This presents an opportunity for Peers to present and and debate an anticipated amendment to the Bill to extend the vote in the Referendum to also include all British Citizens abroad (or at least those residing in the EU). If such an amendment is passed it would then have to be re-considered by MPs in the House of Commons.
In parallel Harry Shindler, having appealed with little effect to the British government to commit to bringing the Votes for Life Bill forward and into force before the Referendum, has now written to EU Commissioner Avramopoulos to urgently intervene on behalf of disenfranchised British citizens.
Yet the Government insists that the Votes for Life Bill is necessary to achieve democracy for all British citizens abroad and also appears in favour of staying in Europe, subject to a renegotiated relationship with the EU and despite its eurosceptic MPs.
If you are a concerned British citizen resident in another EU member state and worried about your uncertain future should the UK vote to leave the EU, you can express your concern and your right to a vote in the Referendum, by writing to a specific member (or members) of the House of Lords (or House of Commons). Their addresses can be found via the link below.
“The real issue is surely one of principle.
“The aim, in a nutshell, is to ensure that the future of Britain is decided only by those who are British citizens.”