If you are registered to vote you should read this article by the Rt Hon David Lidington MP
We do not want to spend our summer worrying over hypothetical questions about the implications of a BREXIT from the EU. That said, BRA asked the Embassy some questions raised by members. Its response to our questions and general advice below make clear that UK Government planning for a BREXIT will only take place if that outcome actually results from the Referendum in June.
We have been informed by the Embassy that there may now not be enough time for ballot papers to be posted out from the UK, completed and posted back again in time for your vote to be counted. So instead of applying for a postal vote, you are encouraged to consider appointing a proxy, where someone you trust votes in the UK on your behalf.
|The Chairman of the Romandie East Region is considering setting up an English Speaking Book Club co jointly with the English Library in Vevey. This library, celebrating its 146th anniversary, has well stocked bookshelves and spends thousands of CHFs annually purchasing the latest biography, best selling novels, and general non fiction. Did you know that in the centre of Vevey there is a wonderful source of knowledge, information and intellectual exchange ? Men and women only learn in two ways; one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people( Will Rogers). The Chairman of BRA Romandie East would like to meet up with some smart people. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.|
Please do not forget to sign up for this event.
Details can be found on this page where you can also register!
|2016 marks the RPO’s 70th Anniversary and to coincide with this important milestone they are launching the Swiss Friends of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. This is a registered UK Charity devoted to raising awareness of the RPO and, of course, raising money to support their ventures.
The RPO are regular visitors to the country and play in Montreux, Rosey and Geneva and they will be informing the BRA of upcoming concerts in Switzerland, so watch this space!
Their flyer contains more information about the Swiss Friends of the RPO.
|St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Château d’Oex is organising a WW1 Centenary on 29 / 30 May to remember the 700 sick and injured British POWs interned in the mountain villages of Murren, Chateau d’Oex and Leysin.
We’d be very interested in hearing from whose relative was one of these interned.
| Our web-sponsoring programme is beginning to take off. We now have Pathé Cinemas and The McKay interviews. Please go to the web sponsors page or directly to one of their sites from the drop-down menu. Every time you visit their site you are rewarding them for their investment in the BRA. The same is also true of our main sponsor at the bottom of each page!
If you know any small, or even not-so-small, companies that are interested in selling to expats try to get them interested. If they become sponsors you will get a year’s free membership.
Your Council sent this letter to the Queen on Monday on your behalf congratulating her on becoming the longest-serving monarch in British history on this day, September 9, 2015. We are honoured to have received this reply from Her Majesty dated September 30, 2015. Continue reading
|The page relating to this in our Information Portal has just been updated to provide a direct link to the legislation. A new version of this legislation is in the pipeline which will permit application for British citizenship for children born here of British parents also born here. The requirement for the parent to have spent 3 years in the UK before the child was born remains but the application will be able to be made as long as the child is a minor, rather than before the child’s first birthday as is the case at present.
Caveat: This statement has not been verified by the Embassy
|We have recently been advised by the Embassy that the procedure for British Residents overseas to vote in General Elections has been modified.
According to the latest information these rules will be applied for the referendum on U.K. membership of the EU.
Register now (if you qualify!) to ensure that you can vote then!! Continue reading
|A new set of rules defining residence in the United Kingdom have been introduced with the 2013 Finance Act, to worry, intrigue, and mystify us. These rules provide a legal definition of residence called the Statutory Residence Test.
Read more about it here.