Autumn 2023 date for restoration of UK votes lost due to 15-year rule

Secondary legislation is being prepared to facilitate ‘robust new processes’ for voter registration, a minister states

Britons aboard will once again be able to vote in UK elections

Autumn 2023 has been proposed as the date by which Britons abroad who have lost UK voting rights due to the 15-year rule will be able to re-register following a legal change this year.

In a letter to an association for workers maintaining electoral registers, communities minister Greg Clark says secondary legislation is being developed for robust new processes to “facilitate registration of electors from autumn 2023”.

It will also include allowing people to apply for a postal or proxy vote on a website.

There have been concerns that a snap election could be called, but Prime Minister Liz Truss says she does not think Britons want this.

Related links

New pro-Europe part want better rights for Britons abroad

France wants new start in Anglo-French relations with Liz Truss says minister Catherine Colonna

UK and France must work together now more than ever