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Vote in May

ETTWEU citizens have the right to vote in the European elections from May 22-25, 2014. This is in most cases also so, if you live in another country than the one you are born in.
Altogether 24 EU member states accept votes by their citizens living in another of EU’s 28 member state. And 20 member states also accept it, if they live in a country outside EU.

Making Votes Count

Making votes countA Parliamentary Cross-Party Group comprising Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP, Baroness Greengross, Lord Lexden, Professor Lord Norton (Chair), Professor Lord Parekh, and Lord Tyler have produced a report on Overseas voting.

There are estimated to be 5.6 million British nationals living abroad, with some 3 million believed to be eligible to register to vote.

British expatriates - “It’s your vote, don’t lose it”

Voting abroadBritish expatriates - “It’s your vote, don’t lose it” urges elections watchdog on Overseas Registration Day.

With just weeks to go before the European and local elections on Thursday 22 May, the Electoral Commission has launched an international campaign to encourage British citizens living overseas to register to vote.

A veteran wants votes for expats - and is not taking no for an answer

Harry SchindlerIT IS hard to doubt Harry Shindler when he says he is committed to his country.  As a young British soldier, he helped liberate Italy from fascism. Since then he has helped the families of his fallen comrades to find their graves. On February 19th the British ambassador in Rome will make him a Member of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his service.

But Mr Shindler really wants a simpler trophy: the right to vote. He is denied it because he has lived in Italy (“about ‘arf way up” the country, he explains in a still-strong south London accent) for the past three decades. Unlike America and most continental European countries, Britain withdraws the franchise from citizens who have been resident abroad for more than 15 years.

Swiss Citizens and The European Union

Europenas Throughout the WOrldOur colleagues in the organisation SUISSES DE L’'ETRANGER (OSA) very strongly regret the result of the referendum  on Sunday 9th February.  Altogether 453.000 Swiss citizens live and work in a member state of the EU.  And in the referendum yesterday they have voted against the proposal to limit the free movement.

See the declaration from OSA below  (you can find the German version here:  www.aso.ch)
(Text below translated  by BVC.)

Governance, EU-elections and the Algarve

Governance, EU-elections and the AlgarvePoliticians use the word 'governance' with different meanings, but with the same goal, to simplify the adoption of draft laws and legal practices to impose the will of their rule.

Now this is very similar to dictatorship or oligarchy (where power rests with a small number of people).

Who needs the Vote? The Government? or/and The Citizen?

Who needs the Vote? On Friday 31st January in the House of Lords The EU Referendum Bill died - but it is far from dead!    What does that mean for us?  Quite a lot! Your help is needed .
Lord Lipsey,  the archetypal ‘we rule – you are ruled’ politician, tabled the motion that the House should  ‘resume’! This arcane procedure meant that the Committee stage of the House debating the Referendum Bill came to an abrupt end and so did the Bill itself!  It is all slightly strange to those unfamiliar with the way ‘our’ government proceeds.

EC backs British expats in Portugal to stay on UK Electoral Register

passportLiberal Democrats in Europe have strongly welcomed a move by the European Commission to defend voting rights for British citizens living in other EU countries.

Current rules mean Brits are denied the right to vote in general elections after 15 years spent abroad - whether in the EU or elsewhere. Between 1.4 and 2 million British citizens currently live in another EU country and risk losing their right to vote in the long term.