Update 18 February: If anyone would like to hear the programme again to think through the issues or to hear the British Embassy in Spain’s advice about voting, or if you just missed the programme and would like to hear it, you can download it from Radio Sur Adeje HERE.
Update 17 February: This is just a reminder that tomorrow’s English Time at 1pm on Radio Sur Adeje is the the one-hour special on the referendum. It was a good discussion, and I think it will be very well worth listening in for anyone who is interested, whether in particular issues or the referendum more generally.
Original post 3 February: Clio O’Flynn, Adeje communications officer, presenter of English Time on Radio Sur Adeje, and author of the English Time blog, will be hosting a special full-length programme about the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union, which could be held as early as June.
The English Time programme will be recorded between 2 and 3pm this coming Monday, 8 February and will air on Thursday 18 February. Voices will be heard from both sides of the debate, and will include a spokesperson from the Leave.EU campaign. Apart from those in the studio, however, Clio would like to include as many views as possible from the public, and so if you would like to take part by phone please send her a PM on the English Time facebook page or an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and she will contact you directly.
As Clio says, “While all, or certainly most of the talk in the UK media has been about the advantages and disadvantages continued membership may mean to residents of the UK, we have yet to see a substantial debate on what a ‘Brexit’ would mean to the hundreds of thousands of British citizens currently living in EU countries, and to those who are thinking of moving abroad. According to a recent article in The Telegraph there are five million Britons living abroad all around the world, and 3.5 million are eligible to vote. The British Embassy in Madrid recently stated that “some 283,000 Britons are registered on the padrón as resident in Spain, but just 11,000 are registered to vote in the UK. ”
She asks: are the concerns of those Britons being taken into account during this crucial debate? What do you think? Would you be better off if the UK leaves the European Union? Would Britain be better off? She would like to include as many voices and views as possible in the programme, so as above, if you would like to take part by phone please send her a PM on the English Time facebook page or an email to email@example.com and she will contact you directly. The recording is happening from 2pm – 3pm.
To inform the debate with respect to the issues as they might affect British residents in Tenerife, I wrote THIS a while ago.