“New measures announced in the Queen’s Speech will make it easier for British citizens who have moved abroad to participate in our democracy.”
“Decisions made in the UK Parliament on foreign policy, defence, immigration, pensions and trade deals affect British citizens who live overseas. It is therefore right that they have a say in UK Parliamentary General Elections.”
“Today the Government is setting out further detail on plans to scrap the arbitrary rule that prevents British citizens from voting in General Elections if they have lived abroad for more than 15 years.”
I am thrilled to hear that progress is being made on this subject. I hope it will continue so that our rights as British citizens will be returned to us.
So British citizens living abroad who have never lived i the UK will remain disfranchised. How many million UK citizens does that affect?
In the article Lord True (how appropriate) says ‘many expats have a history of hard work in the UK and some have even fought for it’, it’s shame they forget that when it comes to uprating my pension just because I now live in Canada.
Quite right too, just because we choose to live overseas we are still affected by uk decisions,