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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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Why Low Expat Voting Rates

This comment below just received from Linda Stubbings who lives in Spain with her husband, a retired police officer, gives a good indication as to why a lot of British expatriates find it almost impossible to vote. It also presents … Continue reading

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British Expats Also Responsible Members of Society

Chloe Smith, the Cabinet Office Minister for Political & Constitutional Reform, quoted in the article below on initial checks of Individual Electoral Registration, said: “If you aren’t on the [electoral] register, you can’t vote, simple as that – but it’s also an important … Continue reading

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European Citizens’ Initiative – Let Me Vote!

Imagine being a law-abiding EU citizen, living in the EU, and having no right to vote for the government whose decisions will impact on your daily life. European Citizens’ Initiative: Let me vote Subject matter: To strengthen the rights listed … Continue reading

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Why is it important for expats to have their own MPs?

This April 2013 Connexion article on “What do French expat MPs do?”, has interesting answers from two of these MPs to the question “Why is it important for expats to have their own MPs?” Axelle Lemaire is the Socialist French MP … Continue reading

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Differing Interpretations of Expatriate Democracy in France and UK

We are grateful for the supporting article below in the April, 2013 edition of  The Connexion, English language newspaper in France. Through interviews with French MPs representing French expatriates, the article compares and contrasts the differing interpretations of democracy in France and the UK … Continue reading

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Voting Rights Petition to European Parliament

If there is a referendum on whether the UK  should leave the EU, then surely the British living in Europe should be able to vote? A Letter of Petition (see below) to the European Parliament has , therefore, been initiated by the … Continue reading

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