Member of Parliament for British expatriates
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An estimated 5.5m British people live permanently abroad – almost one in 10 of the UK population, and 1.2 million people born in the UK live in other EU countries, according to 2015 estimates from the United Nations (UN).
Around 900,000 UK citizens were long-term residents in other EU countries in 2010 and 2011, according to census data across the EU collated by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Why then, in the wake of Brexit, are the special and unique circumstances of so many Britons not being represented in the UK Parliament?
While citizens abroad can vote for a constituency MP at home, this ignores the special dimension and the collective representation required for those who live abroad.
This petition calls on the UK Government to create an 'expat' constituency, or constituency, and to give true representation to the millions of British citizens being denied their say in Parliament. Now, more than ever, this is a critical time and a change must be made.
Now, more than ever, this is a critical time and a change must be made. France has 11 MPs for its 2 million expats (representing different constituencies throughout the world) as well as 12 senators and a dedicated minister.
This model would allow Britons to vote in general elections for specific representatives to discuss their unique interests, many of which relate to property, tax, and healthcare. It would have the added advantage of allowing MPs to spend more time focussing on issues specifically to do with people who live in their constituencies.
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