Ray of hope for long-stay expats

Ruling expected this week on appeal for right to vote in Brexit referendum

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British ambassador Simon Manley this week appealed to expats (those who can) to register to vote

By Dave Jones

BRITISH citizens fighting a legal battle for the right to vote in the EU referendum took their case to the Court of Appeal on Monday after the High Court last week gave permission for the appeal to go forward.

Lawyers had asked for an ‘expedited hearing’ to challenge the High Court’s recent ruling in which judges turned down their bid to overturn the rule which excludes Britons who have been living in other EU countries for more than 15 years.

Lawyers representing the expats, including Britons in Spain, argued that under the EU Referendum Act 2015 up to two million British citizens are being unlawfully denied the right to vote on the UK’s continued membership of the EU.

They told the court that the rule prevented them from participating in a democratic process, the result of which might bring to an end the very EU law rights on which they rely and base their working and private lives every day.

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