Votes for all

UK government pledges to scrap current 15-year voting time limit for British expats

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Britain is currently one of the few European countries that does not automatically extend a vote to all citizens, along with Ireland, Denmark, Cyprus and Malta

By Jack Troughton

EXPATS will win a “lifelong” right to vote in British elections after a wide-ranging consultation on its key votes for life strategy, the UK government has pledged.

Downing Street has underlined a commitment to scrapping the current 15-year time limit on UK citizens abroad taking part in the democratic process.

The joint announcement by the Cabinet Office and Minister for the Constitution Chloe Smith comes ahead of the second reading debate in the House of Commons scheduled for February 23 for MP Glyn Davies’ Private Members Bill ‘Overseas Electors’.

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