Brexit Report: Expats - Who can vote and how in the EU referendum

Brexit - Referendum Ballot

The exact words on the ballot will be: “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?”

UK citizens who have been out of the UK for less than 15 years can vote in the referendum. Over 5.5 million UK citizens are estimated to be living overseas – 2.2 million in the EU – and many are potentially eligible to vote.

If you were too young when you left the UK to have been registered, then you can register online as an overseas voter if your parents or guardians were registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years.

Expats can now register online at

Campaigners like Brian Cave want to extend voting rights to all UK citizens living abroad in the belief that voting is a fundamental right of any citizens within a democratic society, including those outside of the country.

A High Court judge ordered the government to file a written response to the expat 15-year exception claim by April 1st so the court will now decide how and if the case should proceed further.

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