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View Poll Results: As an eligigle to vote expat living abroad, do you plan to vote for Brexit?
Yes, this is too important and only happens once in a lifetime 22 84.62%
No, it's too much trouble 3 11.54%
I have not decided yet even though I am eligible 1 3.85%
Voters: 26. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 16.04.2016, 15:13
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Brits abroad: do you plan to vote on the Brexit referendum?

We had a lively discussion at the office recently whether Brits abroad who qualify to vote for Brexit, will actually do so. I think you can vote by post or even go back if you want so there are no great obstacles if you wanted to.

Question is, if you and those you know plan to actually do so or couldn't be bothered? I added a poll as well to keep track.

Feel free to let us know what your family/friends intends to do so as well. Personally, I believe the outcome could well be influenced if lots of expats participated. My experience with UK elections is that people often don't bother, especially when it comes to EU affairs. It would be a shame to leave the outcome to the fanatics of both sides and the average Joe avoiding to exercise their vote.

*** THIS POLL IS WHETHER OR NOT EXPATS WILL VOTE, NOT WHAT THEY VOTE FOR ***

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Re: Brits abroad: do you plan to vote for Brexit?

There are too many snouts in the European trough who will ensure that the United Kingdom will never leave the EU, whatever the result of this hilarious "referendum".

I won't be wasting my time.
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Old 16.04.2016, 15:36
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Re: Brits abroad: do you plan to vote for Brexit?

I disagree, there are plenty of misinformed and misguided voters in Britain, mainly from the right of centre, who just might make the effort to go out and vote on
Thursday June 23rd.

It is the voters who will swing this, not the corrupt officials or companies.

You must register soon!

Register by 7 June to vote in the EU referendum on 23 June.
https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote?source=homepage-category

[ I tried to register, received the reply: "Sorry, you cannot register because it has been over 15 years since you left the UK" ]
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Re: Brits abroad: do you plan to vote for Brexit?

I have registered. When do we get the voting papers?
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Old 16.04.2016, 15:38
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Re: Brits abroad: do you plan to vote for Brexit?

Your poll is broken; there's no option for voting against Brexit. Which is what I plan to do with my last year of being franchised.
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Old 16.04.2016, 15:41
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Re: Brits abroad: do you plan to vote for Brexit?

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Question is, if you and those you know plan to actually do so or couldn't be bothered? I added a poll as well to keep track.
Speaking to friends and family back in the UK, and other friends who are ex-pats in other countries, I wouldn't be surprised if this referendum has a bigger turn out than the General Election last year because everyone appears to have strong opinions on it.

I'll definitely be voting to stay in and absolutely nothing will make me change my mind.

I only know two people who'll be voting out, but to put it very politely, they're not the most politically educated kind of people. They're not racist or bigots...wouldn't be friends of mine if they were...and they're both very well travelled, but they're quite old fashioned in their view of the World.
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Old 16.04.2016, 15:45
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Your poll is broken; there's no option for voting against Brexit. Which is what I plan to do with my last year of being franchised.
I think this is clear but just to be sure: The point of the poll is IF you vote not what you'll vote for.
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Re: Brits abroad: do you plan to vote for Brexit?

I would vote if I could but sadly I can't due yo the stupid 15 year rule.

There is no option for that on your poll.
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Old 16.04.2016, 15:51
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Re: Brits abroad: do you plan to vote for Brexit?

I think the rule should be reduced to a 5 year absence. After that you are integrated in the new country, and no longer know the fine details of what is happening back "home".
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I would vote if I could but sadly I can't due yo the stupid 15 year rule.

There is no option for that on your poll.
If you are not eligible to vote why would there be an option?

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I think the rule should be reduced to a 5 year absence. After that you are integrated in the new country, and no longer know the fine details of what is happening back "home".
5 years is too soon IMO, I think the 15 year limit is quite fair. If it was up to me I would consider different criteria though, in general someone who is not invested in something should not have a say.

EU workers in UK who live there and pay taxes are excluded but a Brit in Switzerland who is missing for 14 years has a say? Doesn't seem fair. To me, taxpayers above passport holders is more fair. Scotland did the right thing with its referendum in that perspective.

My British friends will also go back and vote although they never intend to go back. That was our original argument. I am not saying they shouldn't but it just seemed weird when none of them ever voted in EU elections when they were in UK or the the majority of the general ones either. Weird innit..
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Old 16.04.2016, 15:56
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If you are not eligible to vote why would there be an option?
So you would know how many people were really interested enough to click.
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Re: Brits abroad: do you plan to vote for Brexit?

Not important what the other 6 billion of people think about voting on Brexit, it's only the eligible ones that matter for the outcome. Thus the poll
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I think the rule should be reduced to a 5 year absence. After that you are integrated in the new country, and no longer know the fine details of what is happening back "home".
So why did you try to register then?

I disagree. Something like Brexit which has the potential to affect the lives of many Brits currently living in the EU in a massive way but they don't get a say. I agree that voting in local elections should have a time limit but something as big as this is a totally different kettle of fish.
Just because you're a long term expat doesn't mean you don't take an interest in your home nation or intend to move back there one day.

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If you are not eligible to vote why would there be an option?

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Because then you'd get an overall balanced view of how many Brits cared about the referendum and not just the eligible ones.

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Re: Brits abroad: do you plan to vote for Brexit?

I tried to register to vote, to see if the system was broken. It isn't. I follow UK news very closely on BBC website and TV news & documentaries.

Many serious people in Europe are saying that Britain leaving the EU would be a terrible thing, but the 230 million EU voters are not having a vote on this.

Many UK politicians are ignoring the fact that the treaties took 7 to 10 years to set up, and they seem to believe they can be broken very quickly. If the UK does vote to leave, then every "EU" treaty between the UK and every individual EU country will have to be cancelled or renegotiated. This isn't going to be easy, and complete chaos might ensue on a daily basis for companies going about their normal business.
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Many serious people in Europe are saying that Britain leaving the EU would be a terrible thing, but the 230 million EU voters are not having a vote on this.
Why should random Cypriots and Rumanians get a say on whether the United Kingdom gets its national sovereignty back?
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Old 16.04.2016, 17:17
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Why indeed, maybe because Cyprus was a "protected colony" and achieved full independence after Britain joined the EU?

Similarly the Maltese are also allowed to vote. (Are you sure about those Rumanians?)

Gibraltar, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, are still colonies of course, and have never been in the EU, but are ruled by the Queen.
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Well actually.... Citizens of Ireland, Malta and Cyprus can vote on the same basis as UK citizens! According to some Irish news media there are about 1m Irish voters entitled to vote of which I think 300k are UK citizens resident in Ireland.
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Your poll is broken; there's no option for voting against Brexit. Which is what I plan to do with my last year of being franchised.
You cant read can you?
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You're late to this thread.
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Late yes but even the vote on Brexit is flawed if the UK think it through with any sense they would realise how dumb the idea is
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