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The government has announced today that British citizens who have moved abroad will be given ‘votes for life’ as the UK Government scraps the arbitrary 15-year limit on the voting rights. All British citizens who are living overseas who have been previously registered or previously resident in the UK will be able to vote in UK Parliamentary General Elections. In addition, the new rules will mean overseas electors can stay registered for longer requiring them to renew their registration details once every three years, rather than annually. Overseas electors will also be able to reapply for a postal vote or refresh their proxy vote at the same time as renewing their voter registration, streamlining the process and helping to ensure they have appropriate voting arrangements in place ahead of an election. These changes, which will form part of the Elections Bill will come into effect in time for the next scheduled General Election in 2024. UK Nationals living in Spain can also vote in local municipal elections in Spain once they have been resident here for more than three years.

Votes for Life has been featured in the Press too, including some articles written by Bremain Chair Sue Wilson. Click the links below to read more:

Yorkshire Bylines

El Pais in English

The Olive Press

The Local

Europe Street News