UK expats in Ireland have until Monday to register online for postal vote in EU Referendum – Hayes
50,000 expats in Ireland think they are not entitled to vote
Fine Gael MEP for Dublin, Brian Hayes has today (Friday) highlighted that British citizens living in Ireland should register online for a postal vote by Monday (16th May). Mr. Hayes made the comments following a survey by the UK Electoral Commission of eligible voters that revealed that 30% were unsure about the rights of overseas voters, while 20% thought that they were not entitled to vote.
“New research shows 50,000 (20%) British expats living in Ireland are not aware that it’s possible to vote in the upcoming European referendum. If you are a British citizen living in Ireland, who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years, you are entitled to vote. All that’s needed is a passport and national insurance number. The whole process takes five minutes.”
“This is the first referendum on Europe since the UK joined 40 years ago. In contrast we had 9 referenda on Europe since we joined. So it’s not an exaggeration to say this is a once in a generation opportunity for Britons living in Ireland to have their say on Europe.”
“While much of the debate so far has focused on economics and trade, there are countless families with members on both sides of the Irish Sea. They need to ensure the cheap and easy travel and communications, guaranteed under EU law stays.”
“To make sure your postal vote can be received and returned on time British voters are advised to register online before 16th May. Postal votes will be sent out between Monday 23rd May and Friday 27th May,” concluded MEP Hayes.