Two Britons living abroad have lost their Court of Appeal battle over the right to vote in June’s EU referendum.
The legal challenge was brought by World War Two veteran Harry Shindler, 94, who lives in Italy, and lawyer and Belgian resident Jacquelyn MacLennan.
Under law, UK citizens who have lived abroad for more than 15 years cannot vote.
The pair took the case to the Court of Appeal after losing their application for a judicial review last month.
Mr Shindler and Ms MacLennan had argued the in-out vote on EU membership directly affected them.
In April, they asked High Court judges to declare that section two of the EU Referendum Act 2015, which established “the 15-year rule”, unlawfully restricted their right to freedom of movement under EU law.
But the judges ruled that the section did not restrict their rights and rejected their application for judicial review.
They then took the case to the Court of Appeal, where a one-day hearing took place earlier this month.
The court has now ruled that “the common law right to vote does not take precedence over an Act of Parliament”.
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Source:: BBC UK