BRITISH EMIGRANTS’ EU REFERENDUM VOTE BID REACHES SUPREME COURT

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According to the Guardian newspaper, the supreme court is hearing an emergency appeal by two British emigrants who are prevented from voting in the EU referendum because they have lived abroad for more than 15 years.

Harry Shindler and Jacquelyn MacLennan lost earlier challenges at the high court and court of appeal.

The newspaper added that all the judges so far have ruled that the UK’s voting regulations do not unlawfully interfere with the right of freedom of movement within the European Union and that the government is entitled to set an arbitrary time limit on residence.

Addressing the five supreme court justices hearing the case, Aidan O’Neill QC for Shindler and MacLennan, said disenfranchising them was a “disproportionate” response and “penalised” them for exercising their right of free movement within the EU.

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