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European Parliament: Elections

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 27th June 2019.

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Photo of Gavin Shuker Gavin Shuker Independent, Luton South

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government has received legal advice on its recent performance of its obligations under Article 20(2)(b) TFEU to guarantee EU citizens resident in the UK the right to vote and to stand as candidates in elections to the European Parliament under the same conditions as UK nationals.

Photo of Kevin Foster Kevin Foster Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The Government took all the legal steps necessary to prepare for the European Parliamentary

elections and put in place all the legislative and funding elements to enable Returning Officers to

make their preparations required for the polls on 23 May.

The necessity for EU citizens to complete a UC1 form to be able to vote in European Parliamentary

elections implements a requirement under EU law. This is not a new requirement and has been in

place for previous European Parliamentary elections. Similar provisions apply to UK citizens living

in other EU Member States

As with any election we will reflect on proceedings and outcomes. In line with their statutory duty,

the Electoral Commission will be publishing a report into the administration of the polls later this

year, which the Government will consider in due course.

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