Harry Shindler loses Brexit chal­lenge

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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

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