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Expats lose referendum vote legal bid

Posted by Warren Fyfe on April 28, 2016 in Warren Fyfe Site

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Mr Shindler has lived in Italy since 1982

Two Britons living abroad have lost a High Court battle over the right to vote in June’s EU referendum.

The legal challenge was brought by World War Two veteran Harry Shindler, 94, who lives in Italy, and lawyer and Belgian resident Jacquelyn MacLennan.

Under law, UK citizens who have lived elsewhere in Europe for more than 15 years are barred from voting.

But the pair argued the in-out vote on EU membership directly affected them and called for a judicial review.

They asked the two judges to declare that Section 2 of the EU Referendum Act 2015, which established “the 15-year rule”, unlawfully restricted their right to freedom of movement under EU law.

But Lord Justice Lloyd Jones, sitting with Mr Justice Blake, ruled section 2 did not restrict their rights and rejected their application for judicial review.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36159009#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa

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