Elections: Commonwealth Citizens

House of Lords written question – answered at on 19 December 2011.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 6 December (WA 142), whether there is a time limit following a country withdrawing from the Commonwealth after which its citizens resident in the United Kingdom can no longer vote in United Kingdom elections.

Photo of Lord McNally Lord McNally Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, Liberal Democrat Leader in the House of Lords

There is no such time limit. The countries whose citizens are treated as Commonwealth citizens are the countries currently referred to in Schedule 3 to the British Nationality Act 1981, which are not necessarily the same as the countries which are members of the Commonwealth at any particular time.

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