Rejecting a challenge from Spain, the EU’s top court has ruled that Britain is entitled to give residents of Gibraltar the vote in European Parliament elections. The European Court of Justice also threw out a Spanish argument that combining Gibraltar with the Southwest England constituency for the purpose of European elections was illegal. Spain contests Britain’s nearly 300-year rule of Gibraltar, which has some 18,000 inhabitants. A UK law reformed in 2003 also allows Commonwealth citizens of the self-governing British colony, located at the southern edge of Spain, to vote even if they do not come from an EU country.
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