An issue which has been quietly forgotten is the promise made by former prime minister David Cameron to give British citizens living abroad the vote for life. At the moment only British citizens who have lived outside Britain for less than 15 years have got the vote. Some British citizens were furious that they were unable to vote in the European Union referendum and there was an outcry from Scottish residents that they couldn't have their say in the Scottish referendum. It appears that the British government is not going to do anything about votes for British citizens abroad until well after the issue of Brexit is resolved.

So, should British citizens have the vote for life? Well it is a difficult question. I believe that you should be able to vote in the country where you reside and therefore British citizens should be able to vote in Spanish general elections. But having said that there are some who say that decisions made by the British government are always going to have a direct impact on all British citizens, regardless of where they live so therefore British citizens should always keep their vote. Some people have claimed that if expats had been able to vote in the EU referendum the "Stay camp" would have received the majority of their votes. This is also not the case. British expats were split over Brexit in the same way as their counterparts in Britain. The vote is important but if you do not reside in a country, perhaps you shouldn't be able to have a say.


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Will / Hace over 2 years

You can’t expect to vote in the UK when you reside in Spain or visa versa. All of us who left the UK did so because we found a better life in Mallorca. We have no right to vote in a country we deserted. Mr Moore is correct in saying expats we’re divided on Brexit, however a recent poll suggests expat support for leaving the EU has increased 10 to 15%.


F4PHIXERUK / Hace over 2 years

Richard, I get what your saying. A lot dont. But. British people seem to have double standards, in that they want people to integrate, become British. However when Brits move abroad. That seems to be a different kettle of fish.


Richard Pearson / Hace over 2 years

F4, I knew what you meant, but my question is, do they ?


F4PHIXERUK / Hace over 2 years

Sorry Richard. What I meant to say was, Are expected to integrate / become citizens.


Richard Pearson / Hace over 2 years

F4, please define what you mean by “supposed”. Thanks.


F4PHIXERUK / Hace over 2 years

Why should someone who has lived abroad for longer than 5 years, have a say in what happens in the UK. After 5 years they should have applied for citizenship in the country they now reside in. They should have no influence on what happens to people who live in the UK. I'm probably going to get loads of haters about this. But you should now be Spanish citizens if you've lived in Spain for more than 5 years. People who move to the UK are supposed to integrate / become citizens. So why cant Brits abroad do the same !


MelB / Hace over 2 years

I agree Henry James. The only thing to say about Mr. Moore as an editor is that he maintains a consistent level of mediocrity.


Henry James / Hace over 2 years

What a load of pointless,indecisive waffle.