Expat campaign groups support EU leaders’ backing for second Brexit referendum

Published:  21 Sep at 6 PM
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British expats living in Europe are in support of almost all EU leaders’ backing for a final referendum on Brexit.

As the news from the negotiating table gets worse, the vast majority of EU member state leaders have made it clear they would support some kind of final Brexit referendum. Their stance is in direct opposition to Theresa May’s determination to stick to her unpopular Chequers plan, in spite of its being totally unacceptable to the EU as well as to businesses and an increasing number of voters in the UK.

Due to the impossibility of finding a compromise solution by the October 18 deadline, EU27 leaders have agreed to postpone the date until a one-off summit to be held in mid-November. May is still refusing to consider a delay to Brexit beyond 29 March as well as another referendum, even although YouGov polls are showing an increased majority of voters coming out in favour of either a second referendum or a vote on the final deal before it’s signed.

Of course, should there be another vote, British expatriates who’ve lived overseas for over 15 years would again be disenfranchised, causing even more anger and resentment than after the 2016 vote. Anti-Brexit campaign group British in Europe as well as the Peoples’ Vote campaign are gearing up to take much-needed advantage of the deteriorating negotiations, with Peoples’ Vote organising a march on October 20.

The group’s new report states there’s a strong legal case for the inclusion of long-term expats in any vote, as they’re profoundly affected by Britain’s withdrawal from the EU. Its position as regards a second vote states there must be an option to remain in Europe stated on the ballot paper. British in Europe has now adopted a final position, stating that the only way UK expats’ rights will be fully protected is by means of Britain staying within the European Union.
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