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Votes For Expats Abroad - The Scottish Referendum

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13 January 2012

Does the referendum have anything to do with expatriate Britons/Scots?

Well – let us see who will be able to vote in a referendum.

I glean the following from Wikipedia:-

British citizens resident in Scotland;

Commonwealth citizens resident in Scotland;

citizens of other EU countries resident in Scotland;

members of the House of Lords resident in Scotland;

Service/Crown personnel serving in the UK or overseas in the armed forces or with Her Majesty's Government who are registered to vote in Scotland.

Those overseas voters who have registered in a Scottish constituency are not listed.  One trusts that this is an oversight by the compiler to Wikipedia.  No-one who left Scotland more than 15 years ago would in any case have any say, unless the current law is radically changed.  I bet that many have strong feelings on the matter!

The Scottish expatriate. –    There are huge numbers of expatriates who are proud to say they are Scottish.  Many others live in England.    Not many of them will have a say in the future of the Scottish Nation.  On the other hand there are large numbers of people without any Scottish ancestry living in Scotland who will have a chance to express their view.

If I were a Scot I think I would want to have a say in the future of Scotland.  But then what is a Scot?   I am not a Scot but my brother (now dead) who lived in Glasgow from the age of ten, served in the Highland Light Infantry and saw service in Kenya in that regiment, always pretended to be a Scot, though in ancestry he was as English as could be. 

Later on, he was an expatriate, teaching in Kenya and then lived in France and Spain.   When opportunity afforded it, he delighted in wearing his magnificent  and hugely heavy kilt.  Then of course there are those who truly have Scottish ancestry – the McDonalds, Campbells and the rest.  Should they have a say?  It all depends? How long ago?

WHAT IS THE LESSON HERE FOR ALL BRITISH EXPATRIATES?

All expatriates who have lived in Scotland less than fifteen years ago and want a say must ensure that they are registered for a vote in the last constituency in which they lived.  If you left Scotland more than 15 years ago, the law can be changed with your help.  The Scottish referendum is likely to be over 18 months away – and there is time for change.

A similar change in the political structure affecting all Europe based British expatriates - such as leaving the EU - could arise.  Would you not want a say in that referendum?  Most expatriates will get no voice at all unless THE LAW IS CHANGED! A change in the law now, would also apply to all Scottish expatriates, in Europe, Australia , Canada and everywhere. If they are concerned for Scotland, they need a vote.

Whether you are Scottish or not- It clearly shows why you should have a vote for life.

You need to visit www.votes-for-expat-brits.com   and circulate to others to do so.

Sign up, if you have not already done so and ---- Please leave a comment on the site.

Brian Cave

web site:- www.lefourquet.net

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