Harry Shindler loses Brexit challenge
By Jack Troughton opposed the challenge and said the EU VETERAN campaigner Harry Shindler decision on Sunday did not affect the 13 and a dozen expats have lost a court expats’ legal situation as it as merely a battle challenging the legality of Brexit “preparatory act”. It was only when arafter being denied a vote in the historic ticle 50 was completed – formalising the 2016 referendum. UK departure – could their rights be af
The 97yearold, awarded the MBE in fected. 2014, and 12 other expats maintained neAnd the court agreed and “therefore gotiations for Britain to leave the Eurodismisses the action as inadmissible pean Union, a deal agreed after a Brussince the decision of the council authsels summit on Sunday, were invalid. orising the opening of negotiations on
Prime Minister Theresa May is curBrexit does not produce binding legal rently battling to get UK politicians to effects capable of affecting the interests accept the deal; Britain is committed to of the applicants by bringing about a leaving the EU in March next year. distinct change in their legal position.”
Harry, who lives in Italy, and the 12 Harry has tangled with Brussels bewho are residents of various EU fore. Born in London and serving in member states, claimed it was wrong Italy during the Second World War, he for the two sides to stage negotiations won the support of Viviane Reding, at after they and more than a million other the time vicepresident of the EuroBritons living in Europe were deprived pean Commission when he and others of a vote. lobbied for all British citizens to have a There is a 15year limitvote.onvotingin British elections from overseas – alAnd a month ahead of Brexit he was though a private members’ bill backed in the UK’s Supreme Court but failed to by the government is going through parconvince judges to change the law and liament to give a ‘vote for life’. grant a lasting vote.
French lawyers representing the 13 Ahead of the current case, he said: during the Luxembourg hearing if the “We are called expatriates but we are EU’s general court immediately not all old or retired. We are journallaunched an appeal to the European ists, interpreters, teachers and do all Court of Justice; one said: “The fight sorts of other jobs – we are represengoes on”. tative of the general run of the British
The Council of the European Union nation.”
Harry Shindler with Viviane Reding in 2013