Yes, we know it’s not coming until 2017 but for we expats here in Spain and elsewhere in Europe (be that France, Italy or anywhere else) it is worth making sure as soon as possible that our voices are heard when the time comes. Especially given the cock up over postal votes at the last European parliamentary elections where many expats were deprived of their voting rights.
This referendum is as likely to affect us as much as anyone, should it end in an ‘out’ result, so don’t let it go to the wire before thinking about registration. Nobody knows exactly how, but I think we can all assume a ‘Brexit’ unlikely to be the best outcome for us.
According to the stats in this (popular) graphic, there are more than 2 million of us dispersed around Europe. That’s one hell of a percentage of the votes when you consider the usually poor turnout of the electorate in the UK. It is possible we expats are holding the balance in our hands.
Every vote WE do not cast to stay in is effectively a ‘pro-Brexit’ vote.
2017 is going to come around faster than you think!
This article isn’t about my opinion (though it is pretty obvious where I stand), but if you are interested in what that might be click here for a recent article on the subject and what I think may be the possible implications for we ‘migrants’.