UK Cypriot organisation ‘Cyprus Future’ is urging all Cypriots living in the UK, even those without British citizenship, to vote against a Brexit in the upcoming referendum.
“Cypriots living in the United Kingdom who have a national insurance number are entitled to vote in the referendum as citizens of the Commonwealth even if they do not have British citizenship,” the organisation said.
It is inviting all citizens of Cyprus to communicate with their compatriots living in the United Kingdom, friends, relatives or colleagues, to first of all make sure that they are registered to vote on 23 June by contacting www.gov.uk/register address -to-vote before June 7 and secondly to vote for Britain to stay in the EU.
“Hundreds of thousands of Cypriots living in the UK have a voice in this referendum and a lot to lose if Britain votes to leave the EU,” Cyprus Future stated. “For security, the economy, the freedom to live, to travel and work in the United Kingdom: we will be better off in the United Kingdom as part of Europe.”
Cyprus Future expressed its concern about the detrimental impact which a British exit from the EU could have to the stability of interlocking relationships and economies of Cyprus and Britain. “Our two countries have worked hard for decades to remove obstacles between us in order to obtain the current high level of friendship and trade relations. Let us not raise obstacles to that progress,” the statement said.
“We cannot sit back and watch the best friend and ally of Cyprus leave the EU after so much common progress: the Brexit threatens the economic relationship between Britain and the Republic of Cyprus and the position of both countries on the world stage,” a representative of the organisation, John Kaponi, said.
Similar appeals have been made by Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides, Cyprus’ High Commissioner to the UK Euripides Evriviades and the National Federation of Cyprus UK, among others. Britain votes on June 23.