Today, the Overseas Electors’ Bill 2017-19 will receive its second reading in the House of Commons. If successful, this would allow UK citizens living abroad for long periods of time to vote in parliamentary elections (a right which is currently lost after 15 years).
This Private Members’ Bill, sponsored by Conservative MP Glyn Davies, is the latest iteration of a longer-standing debate about overseas voting rights. While recent commentary depicts opposition to this vote as grounded in petty party politics, we argue that the question of whether UK citizens living overseas should have their right to vote upheld for life goes to the heart of deeply rooted concerns about British democracy and electoral representation.
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On Friday 23rd February 2018 the second reading of the Overseas’ Electors Bill 2017-19 was held in the House of Commons. This Private Members’ bill sponsored by MP Glyn Davies sets out to extend the vote for life to overseas-resident UK citizens. It would allow UK citizens living abroad for long periods of time to vote in parliamentary elections (a right which is currently lost after 15 years).
You can read more about the bill here, or watch a recording of the discussion in full here (at 12.22.09).
We asked our Citizen’s Panel about what misconceptions of Brits living in the EU they’ve faced. And they told us. As a response, our host Dr Michaela Benson made this 6-part micropodcast series challenging the common stereotypes and myths about Brits abroad, and showing just how diverse the population of Britons living in the EU27 really is.
Each episode is just 7 minutes long, so why not have a listen now!
Episode 1: On busting myths about how many UK citizens have made their lives and homes in the EU27
Episode 2: busting the myth that all UK citizens living in the EU27 are pensioners
Episode 3: busting more stereotypes about the UK citizens who have made their homes and lives in the EU27.
Episode 4: busting myths about how the UK citizens who have made their lives in the EU27 live.
Episode 5: talking myths about taxation and UK citizens resident in the EU27.
Episode 6: the last in our myth busting micropodcasts, talking dual nationality and UK citizens living in the EU27.