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Voting Rights: British Nationals Abroad

Question for Cabinet Office

UIN HL2608, tabled on 14 October 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to come forward with legislation to extend the franchise to British citizens resident overseas for more than 15 years.

Answered on

22 October 2015

As set out in its manifesto, the Government is committed to removing the 15 year time limit on the Parliamentary voting rights of British citizens living overseas. The Government believes that the current 15 year time limit is arbitrary and that if British citizens want to vote in the UK Parliamentary elections, then they should be able to do so. The Government is currently considering the timetable for removing the 15 year rule and will set out more detail as soon as possible.

Answered by

Cabinet Office