Britain appears a very distant land at the moment and fellow expats all admit that they are slightly bemused by the whole affair. When you talk about the European Union referendum they always end their comments with the words "I am so glad that I don´t live there". And I agree. I say this with a heavy heart but in some ways I am glad that I do not have the vote in the referendum, because I have lived outside Britain for more than 15 years. I am totally perplexed by the whole situation. I don´t want the vote because I don't understand the issue.

The European Union referendum has not shown Britain in the greatest lights; it has been a campaign of scaremongering and misinformation by both sides and unfortunately tensions are riding high as we saw with the murder of Member of Parliament Jo Cox. My view is that Britain needs the European Union and the European Union needs Britain. I thought that Britain had moved on and it was now a modern European country which could take heart from its proud history. Britain has played a key role in European affairs for most of its history. During the Second World War Britain stood firm and not only fought for the freedom of the European continent it also provided a home for thousands of people who were fleeing Nazi persecution. I believe that the European debate can be summed up with the following: it is better to be part of something which could one day work rather than being apart and alone.


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Mike / Hace over 5 years

Get us out we are the greatest country in the world ! We must be that's why they all want to come here ,America isn't the land of the free we are free houses free schools free nhs and free money what more incentive do you need ?..


Simon Tow / Hace over 5 years

Jason, when you say that most expats tell you that "I am so glad that I don´t live there", is it because they don´t need or want the hassle of voting for either IN or OUT or because they are upset and annoyed about the state it is in since they last lived there ?. And you don´t have to be an "expat" to have the same opinion.


STAN JESSOP / Hace over 5 years

When Britain votes " OUT /LEAVE ". How many E U MP 's will lose their very lucrative jobs?. That should save money !.


STAN JESSOP / Hace over 5 years

" it is better to be part of something which could one day work rather than being apart and alone."

Britain has been part of the E U for 20 Years!.!!. It is not working. Countries like Greece and Spain have been supported with millions of Euro debts. There are others on the edge of failure. Many Tourists I talk to, want to return to their original currency and Government.


Sean Dobson / Hace over 5 years

I rather think that you have been hoist with your own petard when you say that ''it is better to be part of something which COULD ONE DAY WORK than being apart and alone.'' Given the fact that the EU has been going for quite some years now,how many more years would you give it before it does work.? It DOES NOT WORK,as you yourself admit, which is why we want out of something that does not work and costs us BILLIONS OF POUNDS every year.


Sean Dobson / Hace over 5 years

Perhaps if you and those who are ''so glad they don't live there'' did live here,then you would understand why so many of us want out but as you don't,you never will.


BRIAN FOX / Hace over 5 years

We agreed to join the "common market" not to become "Hawaii" of a Federal State dominated by Germany. Obama clearly believes that this is what we are already.The massive influx of immigrants most of which are penniless, un-skilled and determined NOT to integrate with us but to import their ways, laws and living style. Many of us believe that the country with the proud history you refer to is being destroyed. I and my family and friends will vote to leave because WE WANT OUR COUNTRY BACK.