Category Archives: +5 million British Expats Abroad

Majority of EU States Allow Overseas Voting in Embassies (but not the UK).

The historical lack of attention paid by the United Kingdom (UK) to encouraging registration of its overseas voters, is demonstrated by the prevailing 15-year-limit on their voting rights and is also evident when comparing e.g. national rules governing voting from abroad for the citizens … Continue reading

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Overseas Voters: Electoral Commission’s Public Awareness Plan

The Electoral Commission has reported to the Parliamentary Parties Panel (PPP) on 20th November, 2013 the results of a consultation into boosting the registration of overseas electors. As a potential overseas voter (not disqualified by the 15-year-rule), shouldn’t you make … Continue reading

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Euro-Scepticism and Aversion to Universal Benefits

The article below by Peter Hoskin links Work & Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith’s attack on Winter Fuel Allowance (WFA) payments for British expat pensioners, to his known euro-scepticism and aversion to universal benefits: “Now, it’s not just a matter of … Continue reading

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Nick Clegg Defends the Importance of Voting (but not for British Expats)

Nick Clegg who thinks British expats should not be allowed to vote after 15 years abroad, is also defending the importance of voting in this article in The Telegraph Nick Clegg tells Paxman to stop ‘sneering’ and vote. Deputy Prime … Continue reading

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IER Difficulties Mean British Expats Should Proactively Register to Vote.

Given the difficulties below in identifying individual voters resident in the UK, the challenge is even greater for the Electoral Commission  which is charged with canvassing and encouraging up to some 3 million British citizens (out of the estimated 5 – 6 million living … Continue reading

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100,000 Overseas Voters Would Represent an Important Constituency.

Surely it should be possible to attract at least 100,000 British citizens living abroad to register to vote in good time for the next general election in May 2015? This number of expatriate voters would represent much more than an average-sized UK … Continue reading

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Expat Irish Show “Votes-for-expat-Brits” the way!

Exploiting the power of new communications technologies to gather the views and opinions of the worldwide Irish diaspora on national voting rights, Ireland has demonstrated that its own expatriates are not “detached” from their homeland but as Irish citizens want a say in … Continue reading

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The British Expat Vote in 2015.

With the 2015 General Election in mind, the political parties are already trying to reach out to the 2.5-million Britons (out of the total of 5 – 6 million) living overseas, who they estimate are still eligible to vote in British … Continue reading

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No Clear Connection between British Citizenship and the Right to Vote

The lack of a clear connection in law between British citizenship and the right to vote has permitted successive British governments to allow the following injustice: Fellow but expatriate British citizens are rather arbitrarily in law deprived of their right … Continue reading

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Liberal Democrats Call for Expat Brit Voting Rights

The Brussels & Europe Liberal Democrats have called  for the vote to be given back to all British citizens living abroad. [This complements the efforts of Lord Lexden who has already secured political support for an all-party inquiry on overseas … Continue reading

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