THE Liberal Democrats will fight to introduce a Costa del Sol MP after agreeing on a policy for overseas constituencies at their spring party conference.
The new policy aims to ensure that expats retain the right for representation in the UK.
British expats currently lose the right to vote in UK elections after 15 years, but Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s party plan to change this.
Many European countries already have a system like this in place. France, for example, has six seats spread across Europe, two in Africa, two in America and one in Asia.
The Liberal Democrats want MPs representing British nationals in Europe, Africa and North America in order to create a ‘fairer’ Parliament.
“There are 2.2 million Brits living in other EU countries, yet these citizens face the loss of their right to vote in general elections simply because they have exercised their EU right to free movement,” said Giles Goodall, Chair of Brussels & Europe Liberal Democrats and an MEP candidate for South East England.
“I’m delighted that the Liberal Democrats have adopted this ground-breaking new policy, which is a breakthrough for Brits all over the EU.
“I hope that the Coalition will now take up our lead to allow all British citizens to have their rightful say at the next general election.”
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