I have lived, worked and paid my taxes in the Balearics for some 30 years, but I still cannot vote in Spanish regional or national elections, only at local council level. Yes, I should get my right to vote in UK general elections back in the New Year but, to be honest, I don’t care. I don’t live in the UK and have no intention of ever moving back there. I want to have a bigger say in what happens in Spain, that is where I live. So what is Sir Keir Starmer up to? Under manifesto plans, the Labour leader would reportedly launch a “package of proposals” which would include handing the vote to settled migrants and 16 to 17-year-olds.
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I wouldn’t put it past Sr Sánchez to suggest doing the same thing Mr Starmer wants to do in the U.K. Giving 16 and 17 year olds and long term immigrants from North Africa and S America the right to vote in future elections will virtually guarantee he wins this one. Europeans won’t be considered as he will reckon that a majority will vote for the right. So Humphrey, I’m afraid you will have to grin and bare it for quite some time yet, unless you want to become a subject of another Royal family.
Lived here 30 years? No intention of returning to live in the UK? I have a suggestion. Do the exams and apply for Spanish citizenship. Then you’ll be able to vote in all Spanish elections.
Couple of things: 1. I don't think anybody needs to "rig the outcome" of an imaginary referendum to rejoin the EU. If such a thing were ever to come to pass, it would likely be voted in favour overwhelmingly. But it won't, so it's not worthy of politicising. Except of course to suggest the opposition is a bunch of liars and cheats (ironic at best). 2. "Looking from the outside in, overturning Brexit is not a bad idea but I wouldn’t open the voting floodgates". On one hand, not advisable for foreign UK residents or young people to vote in the UK, but it's only right as a British national resident in Spain, to vote in Spanish elections. I love irony