British Ambassador Simon Manley has urged Brits living in Spain to register to vote ahead of the Brexit referendum.
At a Press briefing at the British Consulate in Malaga last week the Ambassador (pictured above) said that the announcement of the date for the Referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union had triggered a surge in the numbers of British expats wanting to register to vote.
Latest figures show thousands of British nationals who live overseas are now going to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote in order to be able to have their say on June 23. The average daily rate of online registrations by Britons abroad has quadrupled from an average of just over 600 per day before the announcement of the referendum, to more than 2600 per day since then.
The Electoral Commission has launched a global campaign to encourage an estimated five million Britons living overseas to check their eligibility to vote ahead of the referendum on EU membership. The Foreign Office is supporting the campaign overseas, including in Spain.
British Ambassador Simon Manley, commented “It’s easy to regsiter. You can do it online and it only takes five minutes. Go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and resgister early.
“Whether you think the UK should remain in or leave the EU, the 23rd of June will be your chance to have your say. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the British people to decide.
“You might be asking yourself, why bother to vote? Although you may now live in Spain, most expats still have strong ties with the UK – financial, family, friends. You may also decide to return one day. So you very probably do have a stake in the outcome and how it may affect your life. I strongly encourage you to register to vote – just go online and follow the simple process.
“This is an issue for the British people to decide and we are not telling the public how to vote. The Government is recommending that the British people vote to remain in the EU, but our effort is to ensure that you have the ability to vote whatever you think of the European Union”
The government will be producing a series of white papers ahead of the referendum, that will explain simply and clearly the nature of the agreement at the European Council. The papers will also try and set out the alternatives to Britain’s current membership of the EU and the nature of the process for leaving the EU.
For more information go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote