British Nationals Abroad: Voting Rights

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Question to the Cabinet Office:

What plans he has to change the time limit on the entitlement of UK citizens living overseas to register to vote in UK parliamentary elections.


Answered by
Chloe Smith Portrait
Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
This question was answered on 19th December 2018

British citizens living abroad retain strong links with the United Kingdom, no matter how far they have travelled.
The Government is supporting my Hon friend the Member for Montgomeryshire’s Private Member’s Bill on Overseas Electors which delivers our manifesto commitment to introducing votes for life.

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