Posted: 21/05/2016 at 09:50
Mynx, Stevo's answer is not correct. Ex-pats can vote if they have been living in Europe for less than 15 years.
I am an ex-pat because my husband decided to live in France when our 4 children were small. I really didn't want to, all my friends and family were in England and I love England, but it was go with him or divorce and I loved him. Now my children are married to French people and I have 9 grandchildren in France. My husband died some years ago, but I'm stuck here in a house I can't sell because of French inheritance laws as the children part own it and they don't want to sell. It is a gorgeous house though. But I've since met OH 2 and he moved here because his wife wanted to, she died 3 years later. He managed to sell his French house. We have bought a cottage in Norfolk together, our 2nd home, which we love.
So I can't vote in the referendum, but OH can.
We don't know what would happen if the UK leaves, but we have been told that ex-pats would no longer be in a health service and would need very expensive private health insurance, travelling back to the UK would be more complicated, our pensions may be frozen. A lot of English people here are trying to sell their houses and move back but it can take 3 - 4 years to sell a house in France.