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BRITISH SKI WORKERS URGED TO VOTE - Jane Peel, Chief Reporter
Tuesday November 12, 2019 - Email this article to a friend

Seasonaires heading to the mountains this winter are being asked to act now so they can vote in the UK's General Election.





They're being told that their future - and that of every Briton wishing to do a ski season in future - hangs in the balance.

The message comes from the group, Seasonal Businesses in Travel (SBiT).

It is aimed at young seasonaires who have either not registered to vote or who will be travelling to the mountains before the December election.

SBiT is urging them to sign up and, if necessary, apply for a proxy or postal vote before the deadlines later this month.

For most of the last two decades, there has been a low turnout among 18 to 24-year-olds, the group from which most ski seasonaires come.

SBiT says that if 78% of them voted - the same proportion as the over-65s - it could amount to an extra 2 million votes.

Electoral Commission UK The message - photo Electoral Commission UK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

The group is fiercely critical of the impact that leaving the EU will have on seasonal businesses, but it is careful not to tell voters where to place their X on the ballot paper.

The General Election is on Thursday 12th December.

"This is just when some of you will be (excitedly) starting your ski season in France, Austria, Switzerland, etc... or fondly reminiscing about previous seasons that you have done," SBiT spokesman, Charles Owen, says.

"But here's something to think about: your winter season will last until April next year.

"That might feel a long time away but the implications of the election result will reverberate for you and the country for years to come.

"Whatever your politics, it is important that you don't lose your voice, your vote."

SBiTMore than 200 seasonal businesses make up SBiT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SBiT has been leading the campaign on behalf of British seasonal workers and businesses facing huge uncertainty after Brexit.

The EU has extended the Brexit to 31st January 2020 and what happens next is dependent on the result of the General Election.

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In its message to seasonaires SBiT lays out its views on Brexit.

We have all done ski seasons or summer holiday seasons, like you are about to.

Some of us have done quite a few (and it's fantastic), seamlessly - no costs, no restrictions getting into Europe and no certainly no visas or right-to-stay-permits.

We've been able to continue paying our social security and tax in the UK whilst we worked our seasons. Leaving the EU means all that changes.

We are not about to preach politics. Just letting you know the facts.

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Charles Owen says, in any form of Brexit, the opportunities for young people to do a ski or summer season will be severely reduced or, at worst, disappear.

"That is not fear mongering," he says.

"We know for certain, as we have had to become experts in what it would be like for the UK to be outside the EU, what it would be like for us to be a ‘3rd country' as it's called.

"It's true something might be negotiated. But it won't be as seamless, or cost free as it is now.

"If the UK is outside the EU and you are lucky enough to get a permit to work there, you'll be paying (possibly higher) taxes and social charges to your host country and not here.

"Many chalet operators have had to cut overseas opportunities because of this."

These are the deadlines, with links to the relevant web pages:

Registering to vote - 1159pm on 26th November

Applying for a postal vote - 5pm on 21st November (Northern Ireland); 5pm on 26th November (England, Wales, Scotland)

Applying for a proxy vote  - 5pm on 21st November (Northern Ireland); 5pm on 4th December (England, Wales, Scotland)

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