I am not really sure which nationality I identify with of my 3 passports all of which I acquired at birth through my parents, so since I have an identity crisis then I shouldn't have a vote anywhere?Wicksey wrote: ↑Thu May 13, 2021 3:06 pmYes but I am a British citizen, born and bred, and I have not given that up (nor do I have citizenship anywhere else) and like Lavanda, we have British government pensions that are controlled and taxed by the UK, not here. I cannot see what is wrong with still having a say if I feel so inclined. Many expats have paid into the UK tax system all their lives before retiring here, and some do return to the UK (most of my friends have over the years despite them saying they never would).Paddy Pumpkin wrote: ↑Thu May 13, 2021 2:17 pm In reply to several comments above
So with all of the above we have strong connections to 9 countries through either paying tax, having a passport, owning property, having residency or receiving a state pension.
Is it fair that we get the right to vote in all those countries? After all we have a vested interest in what happens in each of them.
]I don't have a Spanish passport so have no right to vote here. So am totally without a vote at present.
I also have a UK passport which I have not given up (I just let it expire last time but will renew it should I need it). I will be entitled to a state pension from the UK and I lived in the in the UK on and off for a total of 18 years, 12 of which were tax paying working years.
I will also have a state pension from another EU country that I lived in. I pay taxes in the UK, Spain and 2 other EU countries. I also paid tax in a country in Asia because I saved into their state pension when I lived there and can start to take my pension there at 55.
All of the above is without representation in those countries. I have no say on tax or pension policy or indeed any other matter in those countries
Should I be entitled to vote in all those countries? If everyone who pays taxes in the UK gets a vote then what about people who invest in the UK but never lived there, should they be entitled to vote?