EU Referendum – Gale will vote “In” - 22nd February 2016
North Thanet`s MP Sir Roger Gale, hitherto a known Eurosceptic, has indicated in the House of Commons today that he intends to vote for Britain to remain within the European Union.
Speaking following the Prime Minister`s statement Sir Roger sad:
“My Rt. Hon. Friend has indicated that the referendum for a generation. I am blessed with five grandchildren and it is in what I believe to be the best interests of that generation that I shall be voting for the Country that I love to remain within the European Union”
Thanet`s MP added
“There is another generation that also deserves some consideration. There are thousands of UK citizens who have paid their taxes and their National Insurance contributions throughout their working lives and who now live in other European Countries. The Prime Minister knows that I have sought to represent the interests of those people but many of them are now very frightened because they do not know what will happen to them if Britain votes to leave the EU. Can My Rt. Hon. Friend clarify their situation”?
Responding, the Prime Minister said that while their future within the EU was clear there was uncertainty over the position of UK citizens living in European countries were we to leave and that would have to be the subject of negotiation.
Speaking after the exchange Sir Roger said:
“This is a very worrying situation for those who have chosen to work and retire `overseas` and for those planning to do so. I have already written to the PM to seek clarification in respect of pension rights, uprating and other benefits and I am awaiting a response but it looks as though a “Brexit” vote would pile uncertainty upon what are already sometimes difficult situations and decisions. It is, I think, vital that all of those entitled to register and to use their votes”.