Brexit: Irish-based Britons urged to register for referendum

Ambassador asks those living here to have say in ‘most important decision in generation’

The UK government’s leaflet about the EU referendum. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The UK government’s leaflet about the EU referendum. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

 

British people living in Ireland who want to vote in the UK referendum on EU membership have been urged to register online for a postal vote.

Launching a campaign to get Britons here to register online as soon as possible, British ambassador Dominick Chilcott said the referendum was the most important decision for the UK in a generation and the voices of Britons in Ireland needed to be heard.

The referendum will be held on June 23rd and the deadline for registering to vote is June 6th.

Britons living in Ireland who wish to register must have been registered in a UK constituency within the past 15 years. Once registered as overseas voters, they may cast their ballots either by post, proxy or by returning to the UK to vote in person.

Expatriate community

“It’s a really big issue with far-reaching consequences and those consequences of course are not just for the UK, they are consequences for the UK’s neighbours and the relationship which the UK has with its neighbours, and there is no relationship richer, more complex, and in many ways more rewarding that the relationship between Britain and Ireland,” Mr Chilcott said.

He added that his role was to raise awareness among UK voters here and to explain British government policy rather than argue for it.

Subtle distinction

“So I’m explaining why the British government believes we should remain [but] without campaigning,” Mr Chilcott said.

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