A message from Brian Gallagher
I have just been informed by the Croatian embassy that the UK Foreign Office has finally given its consent for the embassy to let its citizens vote there for the 5 July general elections in Croatia. The Croatian legal deadline was 19 June.
Things did look slightly bleak, but in the last 24 hours with the issue going public, it seems that minds at the UK Foreign Office may have been concentrated. Special thanks must go to London MP Andy Slaughter (Hammersmith) who contacted the Foreign Office today on the matter. Further thanks must go to the news portal Croatia Week that publicised the issue in an article swiftly published last night when news broke of tomorrow’s impending deadline.
Thanks also to everyone who pushed the news on social media – and to those that took action.
Had people not been permitted to vote in London, it would have had a damaging effect on morale of the Croatian community, and affected some people’s view of the UK. This has been avoided. A positive result for all.
The Croatian Embassy in London will presently issue details regarding voting arrangements on its Facebook page. The deadline for voter registration is 1700 on 24 June.
Update: News portal Croatia Week covered the story here.