Fast forward to 22.50 minutes the BBC Radio 4 podcast below and listen to Jean-Claude Perez, who served for 23 years as Head of Legal Services to the EU Council of Ministers, talking about the implications of a Brexit for the 2 million British citizens currently benefiting from being EU citizens when studying, working or living in other EU member states. Other interviews in this podcast also cover the other major issues involved in a Brexit for the UK as a whole.
Should the UK government in the event of a Brexit still want to maintain the benefits of freedom of movement, health, pensions etc. for these 2 million British citizens, he suggests that the EU would insist on reciprocal benefits for the 2 million EU citizens also currently studying, working or living in the UK (including those from Eastern Europe).
If you are one of these 2 million British citizens resident within another EU member state, shouldn’t you now be making sure that you will be able to vote in the UK’s EU Referendum, which seems increasingly likely to take place in the second half of 2016?
You can register to vote via the link here if you have been resident abroad for less than 15 years: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
In this BBC Radio 4 podcast, Caroline Quinn explores the practical process by which Britain would exit the EU if UK voters opt to leave, and looks at the experience of Greenland, which quit the EU in 1985.
The basic objections to EU membership of voters in Greenland at the time, seem a matter of “heart” and distance (some 3281 kms from Europe and being closer to Canada) contributing to a sense of not belonging, as well as having originally joined the EU when still a dependent territory of Denmark, handing control to Brussels of their important fishing industry on which Greenland’s economy still remains heavily dependent.