British get the vote in the Netherlands

Rishi Sunak for the 2024 elections Credit: RishiSunak, X

British nationals living in the Netherlands are being encouraged to vote in the general election this July, finally voicing their views.

In the past, Britain would remove the voting rights of British nationals who lived abroad for more than 15 years, but the legislation was discarded at the beginning of this year, allowing the vote for the 2024 general election.

“Decisions have been made and will continue to be made by the British government that directly affect the lives of thousands of British nationals living and working in the EU,” said Tricia Tarrant from the British in the Netherlands campaign group.

There are currently at least 45,000 British nationals living in the Netherlands, a large number of whom were unable to vote in the past elections, unable to voice their views.

Despite living in the Netherlands, British nationals have first-hand experience with the British regime, especially with the new income requirements for retiring, looking after an elderly relative or moving back with an EU partner, which has caused a growing discussion.

The elections will take place on July 14, currently led by the Conservative Party, Rishi Sunak and Labour Party, Keir Starmer.

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Anna Akopyan

Originally from Moscow, with Russian and Armenian origins, Anna has lived in Costa Blanca for over ten years. She is passionate about singing, acting and traveling.


    • Peter Dare

      31 May 2024 • 10:36

      Does this apply to those of us living in Spain as well? Clarification needed!

      • John Smith

        31 May 2024 • 11:39

        Yes, all UK passport holders living abroad may now vote in the UK General Election. You have to contact the Council in the constituency where you last lived and apply for an overseas vote. You need to do this quickly if you want a postal vote as the voting papers have to be posted to you and then returned in time for the July 4 election. Alternatively you can appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf in person.

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