Monday, May 25, 2015
Brits In Sweden Will Get To Vote In EU Referendum
Via The Local: British nationals who have been living in Sweden for less than 15 years will be allowed to vote in the EU referendum, while most citizens from other EU countries who are living in the UK will have no say on whether the nation should stay in the European Union, the British government has announced. Prime Minister David Cameron made it an electoral pledge to hold a referendum on whether to stay within the EU, a vote that will take place by the end of 2017. Now his office has announced who be able to vote in the referendum, and eligibility will be roughly the same as in a UK general election. This means British nationals who have been living abroad for less than 15 years will have their say on whether or not the UK remains in the European Union. But those living abroad for more than 15 years will not be allowed to vote on the future of the UK in Europe, the new voting criteria confirms. The move comes as a potential 'Brexit' remains a hot topic in European media. Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström told The Local in an exclusive interview that it would be “a very serious blow to the entire EU” if the UK left.