Voting Rights: EU Nationals

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 22 February 2024.

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Photo of Kim Johnson Kim Johnson Labour, Liverpool, Riverside

To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what progress he has made in discussions with his counterparts in EU states on bilateral voting rights to ensure that EU citizens who arrive in the UK after 2021 can vote in local elections after May 2024.

Photo of Leo Docherty Leo Docherty Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

In December 2018, the UK wrote to all 27 EU Member States signalling our willingness to enter into bilateral agreements to ensure continuity of local election voting and candidacy rights for each other's citizens. Since 2018, we have entered into five bilateral agreements, these are: Spain, Portugal, Luxembourg, Poland and very recently Denmark, which is subject to Parliamentary ratification. The existence of constitutional barriers in some Member States has prevented the UK from entering into agreements with certain Member States. However, the UK remains open to negotiating fully reciprocal bilateral agreements where EU Member States are interested in doing so.

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