All British Citizens in Europe to have the vote for LIFE

Firstly – All British Citizens in Europe should have the right to vote in the UK  Elections as a RIGHT for life.  This has been debated for years.  Francis Maude in October 2007 (in the Riviera Reporter) siad that the next Conservative Governemnt should review this issue.  The Blair Government placed a time limit of 15 years, reducing it from 20 years.  But even if such an argument ever held any justice (which it did not) it most certainly does not now.

Secondly – the annual confirmation of this right should be reduced to a simple pre- stamped postcard.  The present multi page form is absolutely stupid and puts everyone off the process unless you are very determined. 

Thirdly – the current UK constituency sytem is a bit daft for Europe based citizens and does not appeal to them.  A first stage towards  change would be the institution of a Minister for the European based Citizen (the MEC).

Why is this idea important?

Firstly – All British Citizens in Europe should have the right to vote in the UK  Elections as a RIGHT for life.  This has been debated for years.  Francis Maude in October 2007 (in the Riviera Reporter) siad that the next Conservative Governemnt should review this issue.  The Blair Government placed a time limit of 15 years, reducing it from 20 years.  But even if such an argument ever held any justice (which it did not) it most certainly does not now.

Secondly – the annual confirmation of this right should be reduced to a simple pre- stamped postcard.  The present multi page form is absolutely stupid and puts everyone off the process unless you are very determined. 

Thirdly – the current UK constituency sytem is a bit daft for Europe based citizens and does not appeal to them.  A first stage towards  change would be the institution of a Minister for the European based Citizen (the MEC).