Without wishing to get involved in in the pros and cons of Britain's membership of the European Union, there is one question which needs to be answered: what will be the status of hundreds of thousands of expats if Britain leaves the European Union? Now, thousands of expats have already been cold-shouldered on the vote in the European referendum but they can't be let down once again by the British government and should at least be given a vague idea of what will happen to British citizens resident in continental Europe if Britain leaves. There will be some in Britain who believe that as we live in the sun and drink gin & tonics by the poolside all day while avoiding paying British tax, we should not have a say and if we don't like it we should move back to the UK. Unfortunately, it is this single-minded attitude which is fuelling the rather anti-expat rhetoric which exists in some quarters and is perhaps keeping the 15-year-old voting rule in place.  The Cameron government has said that it wants to abolish the 15- year rule and allow expats the vote for life but unfortunately the legislation is on hold and barring a small miracle (which we are fighting for) thousands of expats will be unable to have their say on Europe. But the British government can't and shouldn't be allowed to forget about expats. After all, we are all British citizens and the only difference between us and those in Britain is our place of residency.

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Oliver Neilson / Hace over 2 years

Nobody can say with any certainty what will happen after a Brexit to anybody, let alone ex pats. There is no precedent to follow, and this situation is not going to change before the referendum. People are going to have to get used to this uncomfortable state of affairs I'm afraid. Those who get a vote are going to have to cast it on a hunch. A poor basis for a decision of this magnitude, but the only fact is that there are no facts.

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Sara / Hace over 2 years

Our status will remain the same. See the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties 1969 and its articles on acquired rights. As for drinking gin & tonics by the poolside all day, speak for yourself ;-)

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