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British voters in France ‘might be able to get emergency proxy vote’

British voters living in France have been advised that they might be able to get a last-minute proxy vote if their postal vote has not arrived.

British voters in France 'might be able to get emergency proxy vote'
You may be able to get a proxy to cast your vote in the UK. Photo: AFP

The UK goes to the polls on Thursday for the European elections – ahead of France where voting will take place on Sunday.

But hundreds of British people living in France have reported problems with the postal voting system.

READ ALSO: Why British people living in France may not be able to vote in the European elections


Widespread problems have been reported with the postal voting system. Photo: AFP

Many people say that their postal votes have either not arrived, or arrived so late that they will not make it back to the UK in time for the deadline – which is 10pm on Thursday.

Although it may be too late, people concerned about their vote have been advised that it may be possible to register for an emergency proxy vote.

Normally voters must register in advance for either a postal vote or a proxy vote – where you ask a friend or family member to cast your vote on your behalf – and you can only register for one.

However there is an option to get a last-minute proxy vote which is usually used if an emergency or illness prevents a person from getting to the polling station.

Because of the widely reported problems with the postal system, it is understood that some local authorities will extend emergency proxies to people living overseas.

Kalba Meadow of citizens rights group Remain in France Together (RIFT) posted online that her MEP had told her: “You could call them and ask for an emergency proxy vote. Some local authorities are allowing it.” 

The emergency proxy vote can only be authorised by the local council where you are already registered to vote.

You will need to have your proxy arranged and they will have to go to your polling station to vote in the constituency where you are registered.

As polling day got underway in the UK there were widely reported voting problems for both British people living overseas and EU nationals living in the UK and the hashtag #deniedmyvote was trending on Twitter.

The British Electoral Commission told the BBC that it has no involvement in postal votes, but advised people affected to contact their local council.

You can find out more about proxy votes here.

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‘The people’s victory’: Le Pen tells Macron to dissolve parliament over EU election results

A triumphant Marine Le Pen demanded President Emmanuel Macron dissolve parliament "as a minimum" after preliminary results suggested her party would top the election in France.

'The people's victory': Le Pen tells Macron to dissolve parliament over EU election results
Photo: AFP

Speaking to supporters Marine Le Pen said: “The French have placed the National Rally at the top of the European elections. I see the people's victory, who with pride and dignity have retaken power this evening.

“A widespread movement for an alternative is born.”

The far-right party leader said President Emmanuel Macron must deal with the consequences of the result, which exit polls suggested would see Le Pen's party pick up 24 percent of the vote compared to 22.5 percent for Macron's La Republique en Marche.

Le Pen, who lost out to Macron in a bitter presidential election in 2017, called for the head of state to dissolve the parliament and call new elections, a proposal that was immediately rejected by the government.

“It is up to the president of the Republic to draw conclusions, he who put his presidential credit on the line in this vote in making it a referendum on his policies and even his personality,” she added.

“He has no choice but to dissolve parliament, as a minimum and put in place a voting system that is finally more democratic and more representative of the real public opinion in the country,” she said. 

Marine Le Pen's French far-right National Rally called for the formation of a “powerful group” in the European parliament after exit polls indicated the party would top the election in France.

“The gains for our allies in Europe and the emergence of new forces across the continent… open the way for the formation of a powerful group in the European parliament,” the lead campaigner for National Rally, Jordan Bardella, told supporters.

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