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12 Jun 24 04:15
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Around two million British citizens who have been living abroad for more than 15 years can now vote in UK general elections, following a rule change by the Conservative government. BBC News asked four expats if they will cast their ballots.

“I deserve to have a say in what's going on,” 76-year-old Valerie Stacey says from her home in central Madrid.

The former English teacher is one of the 100,000 British citizens based overseas for more than 15 years who have already applied to vote, external following the change in rules.

To qualify, Britons must have previously been registered to vote in the UK, or have been resident there. They can apply online to vote by post, by proxy, or in person if they are in the country on 4 July
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Report irishone June 12, 2024 4:16 AM BST

turned their backs on the country

and now allowed to stick their oar in

Report A_T June 12, 2024 7:29 AM BST
dirty tricks from the tories - still going to lose
Report Mexico June 12, 2024 9:53 AM BST
U.K. is very generous about who can vote.

Irish/ Indian/ Aussies who live here can vote. Allowing people who haven’t lived here for 15 years seems weird.

Perhaps there should be constituencies for overseas voters & those MPs only vote on issues which affect those living abroad. Similar to when Scottish MPs don’t vote on devolved issues.
Might actually be useful if had a couple of MPs who represent Britain Spain, they should have a better idea about problems which expats face.
Report Dr Crippen June 12, 2024 11:03 AM BST
What about the long term unemployed who don't pay tax getting the vote.

If you live abroad and own businesses in the UK. Why shouldn't you get the vote?
UK civil service pensions are always taxed in the UK.
Why shouldn’t people like those get the vote?
Report A_T June 12, 2024 11:51 AM BST
What about the long term unemployed who don't pay tax getting the vote.

perhaps anyone who does not pay income tax should be denied the vote? won't leave many on here with a ballot
Report Mexico June 12, 2024 12:36 PM BST
Lol AT

You have reminded me of an episode of The New Statesman from decades ago.

Alan B’Stard suggests “ No representation without taxation”

If it prevents the flat Earth scroungers from voting then might as well give it a go. Shouldn’t be too difficult to covert a few coke offices into modern day Work houses.
Report Dr Crippen June 12, 2024 12:42 PM BST
I can't read the last two posters.

I blocked them for repetition.
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