Expat Mom demands full voting rights for overseas Britons

Published:  26 Feb at 6 PM
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A mother of four living on Spain’s Costa Blanca is due to make her demands in Brussels at the ‘Making the Most of EU Citizenship’ hearing.

Jacqui Cotterill believes that British expats who have taken advantage of the Freedom of Movement laws in the EU should not be prevented from voting in UK elections. Her speech will be heard as part of an EU hearing concentrating on population movements between EU member states.

She is also due to make a complaint that expats living in Spain are disallowed from voting in all but the Spanish municipal and EU elections. Her argument for both disenfranchisements is similar, in that expats with homes in the UK pay council tax and income tax and those legally residing in Spain make investments, pay taxes and give to the country.

Speaking as the Deputy Mayor of Parcent, Valencia, her home town, she will present a petition demanding that the 15-year rule, after which time UK expats cannot vote in UK elections, should be scrapped. She says voting should be an unassailable right of all citizens, adding that, wherever EU citizens live in the EU, all should have a voice.

When asked about her further plans, she said that the day must result in action rather than just being a talking shop. American expats, wherever in the world they live, have the right to vote, with almost all doing so in Presidential elections.
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