No progress on expatriate votes or free movement

Update on expat voting rights

Over three months have passed since ‘Shindler’s Bill’ on expat voting rights received a second House of Commons reading and no progress is being made towards the hoped-for change in the law.

The Overseas Elector’s Bill 2017-19 was a private member’s bill, but the government backed it, saying it was an opportunity to implement its manifesto promise to end the 15-year voting limit.

However, it has not had a ‘money resolution’ – a formality authorising the possibility of spending public money on the bill’s aims, nor has a date been fixed for it ...

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