This question was recently posed on another network citing an article which appeared in the Connexion newspaper. I occasionally contribute to so I duly posted this answer to everyone.
"This is an easy one - WE DON'T LIVE THERE!
In all the important matters - tax, health, education, etc, it is the decisions made in Paris which will affect me most, not those made in London.
From the Connexion:-
"Lord Norton of Louth recently spoke up on the issue in the House of Lords debate, saying that though there are probably three million Britons abroad who are still eligible to vote only about 20-30,000 are actually on the electoral register. It is “an appallingly low percentage,” (probably fewer than 1%) he said."
About a dozen people posted replies, some for my view & some against, but what did surprise me was how some of those against were so nasty about it! I was criticised for all kinds of things which were never touched upon in my short answer.
But I am not surprised, just disappointed, when those who do not share my view turn their replies in to a sarcastic & slightly personal attack. Replies like this tend to weaken the sender's case & detract from the point they are trying to make.
One of those who did not agree with me put their point across well & politely, citing the fact that, as pensioners, their money comes from the UK so keeping a UK vote is helpful.
Another pointed out that there may be a referendum in the UK about separating from the EU - a good point indeed but not one I personally take seriously. The same person also makes the point about double taxation which perhaps a french government could do something about? However, these points were made politely.
Then there are those who really ought to write their replies, leave them overnight & reread them in the morning before posting.
Someone who has been here 13 years (to those of us who have been here longer, a "newcomer") accused me of wanting to "put a knife in the back of a country that stiil means a lot to me". Just because I don't see the relevence to me of voting there? I have no UK pension stream to worry over & I do not receive any other benefits from there either.
Then there was the person who thought that I was stabbing the UK in the back & that I ought to keep quiet or tell everyone what is happening in french politics I say that if one chooses to live in a foreign country has one not chosen to do the same thing? You money is spent here, helping the french economy, not the UKs, you pay taxes to the french authorities , you enjoy cheaper fuel, cheaper properties & cheaper prescriptions the accuse ME of wanting to put a knife in the back of a country that still means a lot to you, though not enough, apparently, to make you want to actually LIVE there. This assumption made on the basis that I just don't want to maintain a voting right there. That's quite a leap!
If you want to know what is going on in French politics - you know, the country you actually live in - watch french news or read the papers. Its not down to me to spoon feed the news to people.
Then we have this reply. It might help if he had actually read my post! He says, sarcastically, that he agrees with me but then goes on to say that " We live here, in France, and any changes to UK legislation, rules and regulations will have no effect on our existence here whatsoever." Oh dear, not what I said at all! Of course the UK government affects what goes on in Europe, so does the German, Dutch & ALL EU governments' policies, but we don't demand the right to vote in those countries too.
He mentions having family back in the UK as a reason to keep the vote. Fair enough but my UK resident family also have the right to vote & I'm sure they don't need extra! They might not even share my politics!
If one ever had to return to the UK one day one can always re register.
As for being selfish, well, is it not "one man, one vote" to use or not as one wishes? The whole idea of a vote is that YOU choose what to do with it. It is MY choice not to want to vote in a country I no longer live in & as an unmarried childless man it is the decisions made here which affect me (personally) most.
I have not told anyone not to keep their right to vote in the UK, that is your decision, I have just told you why I, personally, do not wish to.
Finally this man added a jibe at a post I made on a totally unrelated subject which was not only of no relevence, was added as an unrelated, sarcastic & unneccesary jibe at my job!