By Dave Jones
FORMAL legal proceedings were launched in the High Court in London last Wednesday against the UK Government over its decision to exclude up to two million Britons living in the European Union from the right to vote in June’s in/out referendum.
Law firm Leigh Day is acting on behalf of 94-year-old Harry Shindler, a Second World War veteran who lives in Italy, along with many other expats – including residents in Spain.
Lawyers will argue that that under the EU Referendum Act 2015, Mr Shindler and other expats are being denied the right to vote on the UK’s continued membership of the EU and are asking for an urgent judicial review.
Excluding British expats who have lived elsewhere in the EU for more than 15 years acts as a disincentive from, and a penalty for, exercising their free movement rights, they claim.