The British government has turned down a United Kingdom parliamentary committee proposal to give British residents in Bermuda the right to vote in elections in the island.

The plan had earlier been rejected by Bermuda’s parliamentarians.

The UK government said the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) did not plan to publish a timetable for talks but recognised the importance of a “reasonable qualifying process” to allow expatriates a place at the ballot box in its Overseas Territories.

In its response to a House of Commons committee report, the British government also said timetables would be set for the introduction of public company ownership registers and that it planned to hold workshops on their implementation “in the coming months.”

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