Ex-Pats lose right to vote in EU referendum

Ex-pats lost right to vote in EU referendum: Picture: Ian Georgeson

Ex-pats lost right to vote in EU referendum: Picture: Ian Georgeson

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BRITISH ex-pats have lost their battle for the right to vote in the European referendum.

The Court of Appeal upheld a Government rule that says Britons who have lived in other EU countries for more than 15 years are not eligible to vote on 23 June.

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The appeal judges declared the rule did not unlawfully interfere with the right of ex-pats to freedom of movement within the European Union.

The test case was brought by London-born war veteran Harry Shindler, 95, who has lived in Italy for 35 years, and solicitor Jacquelyn MacLennan, 54, from Inverness, who has lived in Brussels since 1987.

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She has specialised in EU competition and environmental law, and is now a partner in the Brussels’ office of a global law firm.

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