We have just been advised by the Embassy that the procedure for British Residents overseas to vote in General Elections has been modified.
To register as an overseas elector you must have been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years. You will also need to know your National Insurance number and date of birth. If you don’t have a National Insurance number you can still register, but you may have to supply more information to show who you are.
To be eligible to vote, British citizens living overseas must have been registered to vote in a UK constituency within the last fifteen years. For the first time in a UK General Election, those eligible can register online at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. Those registering to vote no longer need to have their signature attested by Consular staff, provided they have a National Insurance Number (NI). Where an NI number cannot be provided or the personal identifiers fail verification, and where the Electoral Registration Officer cannot verify that person’s identity using local data, the applicant must provide an attestation to establish their identity. The deadline for registering online to vote is midnight on Monday 20 April 2015. Those who wish to register for a postal vote will need to register some time before this deadline. The earlier the better. The good news is that it does not take long!
You can also link to the Cabinet Office video with the Minister Sam Gyimah: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbXxd-W4VjU
The Consular Winter Campaign is directed at British winter tourists spending their holidays in the Swiss mountains. David Moran, British Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein explains that “with our Top Tips to Stay Safe on the Slopes” we hope to make as many people as possible aware of specific dangers linked to winter sports so that their trip remains fun and trouble free. You can read more in this pdf.
The British Embassy in Berne is working together with Geneva Airport and the transport police of SBB, the Swiss Federal Railways to help British travellers keep their passports and belongings safe when travelling in Switzerland. More details are to be found in this pdf.
The Solar Impulse team has just announced the details of the Rounde-World flight of Solar Impulse 2 starting 1 March 2015. You can see all the details of this great Swiss adventure on their Website.
Your BRA Council has decided to finance one of the solar cells to support their crowdfunding effort. If you are interested in supporting this venture, go to their crowdfunding page.
There is a Press Conference in Abu Dhabi by Betrand Piccard and André Borschberg of the route to be taken by Solar Impulse 2 leaving from Abu Dhabi. In the run-up to the conference there is a brief account of the transport of the Solar Plane from Payerne to Abu Dhabi!
We have had a request from a British student who lived in Switzerland for 12 years to complete a questionnaire to help her with her dissertation about British migrants living in Switzerland!
We will publish the results when they are available.
Just complete the form at this address. There are 22 questions and it will take you less than 10 minutes.
BRA member Mike McKay is part of the team resuscitating World Radio Switzerland.
You can listen to his latest interview with the head of Investment Strategy for Barclays Banks – Hans Olsen on his website. (about the third screen!).
We have been made aware of the potential changes for those of you who pay tax in the UK.
There is a petition against this change and you can find all the details in our Information Portal in Section 4.
Details of this event have now been included in the web page, and you can also register using the form provided.