- Ex- Brits voting
I left the UK in 2006 and moved to the Isle Of Man, so I never imagined that I'd be able to vote in the general election.
I was amazed to find out last night that an ex-UK citizen can vote up to 15 years after they've left the country!!!!!
I find it suprising that I could vote on a countries leadership when I don't even live there!!!!Posted 9 years ago
I wouldn't be happy if people living in different countries could affect how my own country was run.
With not living in a country, how up to date with current affairs could someone be?
I'm obviously watching the news etc and speak to family and relatives about what's going on, but that's not the same as witnessing and experiencing things 1st hand?Posted 9 years ago
My opinion as an ex-pat…
UK politics directly affect me:Posted 9 years ago
If a Conservative government decided to pull out of the EU I'd have to take out Spanish nationality, which would be a pain. UK foreign policy has an effect on which countries I can visit (safely). My parents are both still alive, and near retirement – so UK home policy is important to me. Why shouldn't I have a vote?
I don't think that it would be right for me to vote in the General Election as I am now an Isle Of Man resident, although I would have been eligible.
I decided to leave the UK back in 2006 and cut all official ties (tax, national insurance etc,) and the only knowledge I have of what living in the UK is like now is from other peoples opinions or through the press, rather than through 1st hand experience.
I fully accept that the right to vote is there though and respect everyones views, it just wouldn't sit easy with myself.Posted 9 years agomrmoMember
Who can vote in UK general elections
You can vote in UK general elections once you are on the electoral register and provided that you are also:
aged 18 or over on polling day
a British citizen, or a Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of the Irish Republic (living in the UK)
not legally excluded from voting (for example, if you are in prison)
So a Kiwi or an Irish citizen can vote in the UK but not a french or a german resident in the UK? Why????Posted 9 years agoandytherocketeerSubscriber
I pay tax in .de but NI in .uk (employed via UK co. but seconded overseas)Posted 9 years ago
I am entitled to vote in UK, so did.
I am not entitled to vote here (except local and euro elections).
I will continue to vote in UK until I am no longer entitled, and since my proxy is a member of the local political party and instructed to vote accordingly in all elections, I choose not to vote in the Euro elections here, since it would be morally wrong to vote twice, if not illegal.
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