EUROPEAN nationals living in the UK will be barred from voting in an European referendum.
Prime Minister David Cameron has set out the rules for the referendum and EU nationals resident in the UK will not be able to vote despite being eligible to vote in European elections.
Expats who have lived outside the UK for less than 15 years will be able to vote, in line with general election guidelines.
All voters must be over 18 and British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens are eligible.
An EU Referendum Bill will be the centrepiece of the Queen’s Speech on Wednesday, after Labour withdrew its opposition to the project.
Meanwhile, Cameron is embarking on a tour of European capitals to secure EU reforms are put in place before the referendum is held.
The next EU summit is to be held at the end of June.