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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether qualifying Commonwealth citizens resident in the United Kingdom are entitled (1) to vote in all United Kingdom referendums, and (2) to stand as candidates in United Kingdom parliamentary elections, local elections and European elections.
The question of who is entitled to vote in any particular referendum is considered and determined in the light of the subject matter. The franchise for each referendum is set out in the legislation which establishes that the referendum is to be held.
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Qualifying Commonwealth citizens resident in the UK who are at least 18 years old and not otherwise disqualified are entitled to stand as candidates in United Kingdom parliamentary elections, local elections and European elections. A "qualifying Commonwealth citizen" is a Commonwealth citizen who either does not need leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom, or who does need such leave and has it.