Updated 18 September: With reports that Boris Johnson has been given a fortnight by French President Emmanuel Macron and Finnish PM Antti Rinne to come up with specific and workable proposals to replace the backstop for the Irish border, and with Parliament prorogued and the Supreme Court now considering its judgment on whether the prorogation was lawful or not, British nationals in the EU are being advised to consider a proxy vote for a forthcoming snap General Election or second referendum rather than relying on a postal vote which, in the experience of many during the actual referendum, simply did not materialise. Clearly many here over 15 years have been disenfranchised thanks to the Government failing to keep its promise to provide votes for life to British nationals abroad, but those here for under 15 years still have the option to vote.

The 30 September deadline has not been approved by the EU so is being seen in some quarters as mainly French grandstanding, but it is abundantly clear that the EU is utterly fed up now with the Johnson Government’s inability to come up with a concrete proposal to replace the backstop, and since the uncertainty is encroaching on EU functionality, some see the atmosphere as so toxic that some just want the UK to go now. One might hardly blame them.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court’s deliberations are expected to take some days, with arguments on both sides said to have left the case on a knife-edge. Indisputably, however, if the Queen is indeed unable to reject “advice” from her ministers as has been claimed, and if the Supreme Court decides the matter is not justiciable, then in reality, any future PM, or even the current one, could prorogue Parliament at any moment for an indefinite period … some might think it a strange way of “restoring sovereignty” or “taking back control”!

And so we have to grasp our own personal control where we can, and if you are interested in the proxy vote system, there is official information HERE to ensure you have a vote in any upcoming poll.

 

Source: Janet Anscombe

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