Expats lose latest bid to vote in UK’s EU referendum

World War II veteran Harry Shindler, who lives in Italy, and Brussels-based solicitor Jacquelyn MacLennan will make one last challenge at Britain’s Supreme Court next Tuesday, their lawyers said.eu flag

LONDON: Two Britons living abroad lost on Friday (May 20) their latest court battle against a ban on long-term expatriates voting in next month’s referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU.

World War II veteran Harry Shindler, who lives in Italy, and Brussels-based solicitor Jacquelyn MacLennan will make one last challenge at Britain’s Supreme Court next Tuesday, their lawyers said.

In a ruling on Friday, the High Court in London upheld a government rule that says Britons who have lived in other European Union countries for more than 15 years are not eligible to vote on June 23.

They rejected the expats’ argument that the rule acts as a penalty against British citizens who are exercising their right to freedom of movement within the 28-nation bloc.

Leigh Day solicitors, who are bringing the test case, said they had secured a date for a hearing at Britain’s highest court on May 24.

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