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Calls for the Creation of MPs for Expatriates

Calls for the Creation of MPs for Expatriates

A petition has been launched demanding a dedicated MP to represent the 5.5 million Britons living outside the UK. The MP would be able to raise issues affecting expats: many of them have children in the UK education system , continue to own property in the UK, still pay tax  in the UK,  depend on UK pensions and other benefits that they have paid contributions to – yet have no dedicated voice.

A petition has been launched demanding a dedicated MP to represent the 5.5 million Britons living outside the UK. The MP would be able to raise issues affecting expats: many of them have children in the UK education system , continue to own property in the UK, still pay tax  in the UK,  depend on UK pensions and other benefits that they have paid contributions to – yet have no dedicated voice.

Many other countries have representation for their expats. France, for example, has 11 MPs and a Minister dedicated to looking after the 2.2 million French people living outside the country.

"In recent months we have seen a  growing number of issues involving British expats and their rights and we believe it is important to have a dedicated MP to speak for us in the UK Parliament on issues that affect our daily lives," says Sarah Smith, the editor of The Connexion, a monthly publication for Britons in France, who set up the petition.

As the law stands, Britons who have been living abroad for less than 15 years can contact the MP of their last known UK address and ask them to raise issues. "But dealing with issues for expats is not top of their agenda. We are a huge community now – there are 5.5 million of us – and we need our own MP. We have specific issues and have become a soft target for money-saving measures like ending the Winter Fuel Allowance for people living in "warm places" like France. Now there is a proposal to stop access to healthcare for early retirees. And what about EU membership? If there is a referendum on the UK's continued membership of the EU, shouldn't expats be able to vote? After all, the result could profoundly affect our everyday lives. Please sign the petition and pass it on – if we get it to 100,000 before next summer the issue will be debated in Parliament."

The petition can be found at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/55085 and is open to all British nationals living in the UK or abroad. If you have trouble entering your foreign postcode, leave this field blank.

 

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