High Court to hear Brits’ Brexit legal case on Wednesday 20 April
A High Court hearing into the rights of up to 2 million Britons in Europe to vote in the EU referendum will take place on Wednesday 20th April 2016. Two judges at the High Court in London will hear arguments against legislation that excludes British people living in the European Union, but outside the UK for more than 15 years, from voting in June.
The ‘rolled up’ judicial review hearing will begin on Wednesday with a possibility of it extending into Monday 25th April if a second day is required to hear arguments.
Leigh Day, the lawyers for the claimants, requested an urgent hearing at which both the permission to apply for a judicial review can be held, and if successful and permission is granted, a substantive hearing will follow immediately after.
Attending the hearing will be Jacquelyn MacLennan, one of the claimants, as well as Charlotte Oliver, an English lawyer based in Rome who runs her own practice in the Italian Capital and supports the legal action being taken. Mr Shindler will not be attending the hearing.
Leigh Day is acting on behalf of 94-year-old Harry Shindler, a Second World War veteran who lives in Italy, and lawyer and Belgian resident Jacquelyn MacLennan. Both claim that under the EU Referendum Act 2015 they are being unlawfully denied the right to vote on the UK’s continued membership of the EU.