I tend to be somewhat apolitical. Whilst back in the UK there’s an unavoidable political topic in conversation and media alike, it is of course Brexit.
After much stick poking Cameron has caved to democracy and scheduled a referendum, something he once rejected back in 2012.
Us Brits are a loveable yet stubborn bunch. We rejected the Euro and drive on the other side of the road.
We like to distance ourself from Europe and not just by water.
Now we will voice our opinion, something else we like to do.
British media is churning out scaremongering babble from each camp it’s tiresome to spectate.
What isn’t tiresome is the truly interesting option poll results and how passionate the public has become.
For much time it has been neck and neck. The latest option poll (3-5 June) 43% wish to remain whilst 48% wish to leave as for the other 9% they’re still head scratching.
People really are passionate in their opinion of the EU.
I’m not going to even touch upon the positives and negatives of the EU, there’s already enough of that.
I do however believe that voting is important for both camps, democracy is at our foundation.
Fortunately not being in the UK for the vote doesn’t mean that your chance of voting is over.
You can vote by proxy or post whichever suits you best.
I chose to vote by proxy and credit to the Government website it’s straight forward.
You’ll need to enter a few details including your national insurance number and they’ll e-mail you a form.
Simply print, sign and send the completed form by email to your respective local government e-mail address.
How will a possible Brexit impact us 2+ million expats in the EU you ask?
That’s something we simply don’t know…yet.
Perhaps one of the three could result from Brexit code red.
1.) Britain and the EU retain a certain reformed freedom of movement. This would be peachy for people like me and those wishing to travel, live and work within EU.
One of the major topics of Brexit is immigration and borders, we can’t have the best of both worlds.
2.) New agreements made with the EU resulting is a more restrictive “freedom” of movement.
3.) All ties are cut with the EU and no freedom of movement agreements in place. This would be unlikely for sure and not something I can see happening at all or anytime soon.
In a worse case scenario could it be Auf Wiedersehen Germany?
For those registered here almost certainly not. The Vienna Convention of 1969 protects those who have already excised their right to reside in another EU states can expect to keep it.
For those wishing to move post-Brexit could be in for more headaches and hoops to jump through.
Much like X-Factor we must wait for the public to cast their votes.