When you live overseas it can be difficult to stay connected with what is happening back in your homeland. It is easy to lose touch with who represents you and your interests. It doesn't mean you stop caring, it just gets that bit more difficult to stay connected.
Your issues, my issues, everyones issues
Every few years new MP’s and MEPs are elected to represent you. You might not have voted, you might be unable to vote, but they still represent you. In the years that follow the UK referendum, MPs have an incredible responsibility to ensure that issues that affect you - citizenship, healthcare, the right to live and work, pensions, the economy - are fairly negotiated and take into account the needs of every British citizen.
As a UK citizen living overseas I can’t plan for my future. I don’t know if I can keep living in the the country where I have lived and actively & economically contributed in the six years since I arrived. Can I continue to live in the lovely Amsterdam apartment I bought two years ago? I don’t know if my children can stay in the school they started their education in. There are so many things I don’t know, I realised that enough is enough. It’s time to roll up my sleeves and make my voice heard.
- Julia, Amsterdam, NL
Speaking up is a nice sentiment, but it’s hard. What do you say? Who do you contact? What difference can you really make?
We can help you to stay connected
Citizns.eu wants to help you connect with the people whose job it is to represent you. You might not know the name of that person, or how to get in touch - find out by searching our database. What if you don’t know what to say? Everybody wants to hear a personal story, and everybody has one - that’s your starting point. If you need some inspiration, check out our blog where people share their stories.
And finally the big one, what difference can you really make? Well that’s a difficult one to answer. I believe that by participating in democracy - through voting for your representatives, by sharing your story and your concerns with them - that you make a difference. It could be your story, or that of your neighbour or your cousin that influenced your MP - what if that lead to a real change for the better?
Also published on Medium.