Should British ex-pats have their own Westminster MP?

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The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government and Boundary Commission to consult on plans to create new constituencies for British people living abroad.

They believe that Gibraltar and other overseas territories should be given a seat in the Commons to ensure that Britons living abroad have a voice in the Brexit negotiations.

Based on the French system, which gives parliamentary representation to overseas French citizens, the change would create new MPs to represent British citizens abroad.

The Lib Dems have proposed the plan because they claim the Brexit vote will affect many British people who live and work abroad as well as places like Gibraltar, which voted overwhelmingly in the referendum remain part of the European Union.

“Britons live, work and trade throughout Europe and the negotiations over Brexit will take years and will be incredibly complex.

“It is vital that Britons in places like Gibraltar have a strong voice in Westminster because it is them who will feel the impact of changes to border controls, business access or trade rules.

“People living and working in Spain and elsewhere will be impacted dramatically.

“They deserve a voice in Parliament and I am urging the Government to work with me to deliver this.”

– Lib Dem leader Tim Farron

The Lib Dems have also said they will fight the next general election with a pledge to take the UK back into the European Union.

Do you think that Britons living abroad should have representation in the UK parliament and would you want a Kenyan or African MP to provide your voice in Westminster? Let us know in the poll below.

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