Heard in Europe

There is still time for Brits abroad – Br-expats – to register to vote in the referendum on EU membership, despite widely repeated claims to the contrary.

Confusion reigned supreme – as it increasingly does in Brexit debate – on 16 May. Several UK ambassadors, MEPs and the StrongerIn campaign all tweeted that Monday was the registration deadline.

But in fact, the real deadline is 7 June, the official deadline for all registrations. The mix-up stems from Electoral Commission guidance designed to smooth the postal voting system.

Turnout is expected to be a major factor in the 23 June poll, with lower voter numbers said to increase the chance of the UK quitting the EU.

So be you a Brexiteer or Bremainer abroad, provided you’ve registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years, you can still have your say – but it’s probably best to get a move on.

If you don’t trust the post to deliver your vote on time, budget airline Ryanair is running a special Brexit sale, encouraging Brits to fly home to vote Remain.

There are more than 1.2 million Brits living in the EU.


EU flag picture courtesy of Flickr and Descrier. Published under Creative Commons licence.

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