Bremain in Spain founder urges expats to use tactical votes

Published:  1 May at 6 PM
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Bremain in Spain’s John Moffet is urging all expat voters to realise they have the power to strongly influence the EU Brexit negotiations by giving their mandate to pro-EU candidates.

Grenada resident Moffet is encouraging expat voters to choose candidates in favour of either a soft Brexit or some kind of associate EU membership, irrespective of their party loyalties. In an interview with local English language media, he said it’s time to focus on the positive aspects of fighting back against May’s stance as regards a hard Brexit.

The snap election, he believes, is as good as it gets barring a second referendum, and it’s at the very least an opportunity to help change the anticipated tough deal for something more reasonable. Moffet is urging expats disenfranchised by the 15-year rule to play their part by persuading friends and family back in the UK to vote for a local candidate who’s in favour of a more rational approach to negotiations leading to a softer deal.

This, he says, will send a strong message to the government that expats do matter, however long they’ve been living outside the UK. He’s taking the realist line by saying expat action will not reverse Brexit, but mentioned EU president Antonio Tajani’s suggestion last week that a reversal could be possible.

In line with many thousands of Brit expats in Europe, Moffet expressed the protest group’s disappointment and anger that long-stayers were again being excluded from voting in support of their chosen lifestyles, in spite of May’s empty promise that the rule would be reversed in time for the ‘next election’. Some 700,000 Britons in Europe have been affected, and yet again it’s a vote which will have a huge impact on expat life in the EU. Brexpats in Spain co-founder Anne Hernandez, herself a disenfranchised voter, echoes Moffet’s sentiments.
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