Monday, 25 April 2016

Monday, 25 April 2016

EU Referendum update

Following last week’s High Court hearing, British expats in Europe are now waiting for the court to make a ruling on the controversial issue.

The long-awaited legal challenge of the UK government's ruling of disenfranchisement for expats living overseas for over 15 years has resulted in the High Court reserving judgment on the issue. Lawyers for plaintiffs Harry Shindler and Jacquelyn MacLennan argued that expats who’ve lived overseas for more than 15 years were ‘on the horns of an impossible dilemma’ as they would need to relocate to Britain to have a say in their own futures as regards work, location and lifestyle.

Having heard the arguments, Lord Justice Lloyd Jones and Mr Justice Blake said they would need time to fully consider the points made, adding they were aware of the urgency and importance of their decision. Should they rule in favour of the plaintiffs, the government may be forced into rushed legislation allowing all expats the right to vote. In that case, a delay in the referendum may well be the result.

Read this article in full at: http://www.expatsblog.com/news/2104166757/high-court-hearing-on-15year-voting-rule-results-in-delayed-verdict#sthash.YlCuBOf7.IDq13i3o.dpuf





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