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  • EU Citizen vote in local elections after 2020?

    Can EU citizens vote in UK local elections after 2020?

    Does this depend on member state? If so when will a decision HAVE to be reached on this?

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    Originally posted by Bethoven126 View Post
    Can EU citizens vote in UK local elections after 2020?

    Does this depend on member state? If so when will a decision HAVE to be reached on this?
    Hello,

    You may want to look at this article: Petition update · We have won an important concession - EU citizens will be able to vote in local elections in 2021 · Change.org

    ...where you'll see:


    EU citizens will be able to vote in local elections in 2021

    EU citizens will also be able to stand and vote in elections for Police and Crime Commissioners in England and Wales in 2021.

    In Scotland, EU citizens' right to vote for the Scottish Parliament and in local elections is protected because the franchise is a devolved power.

    However, in the rest of the UK, New Europeans had raised concerns that the government might remove the franchise from EU citizens post Brexit.

    Our concerns had been fuelled by the Government's pursuit of bi-lateral agreements on voting with some member states, eg Poland.

    We will also never forget the disgraceful way the Government denied the vote to over 1.7 EU citizens in the European elections in 2019 and we continue to pursue our demand for a public inquiry.

    After 2021, the position is still unclear. The Government could remove the franchise from EU citizens not covered by bi-lateral agreements without even the need for a debate in parliament.
    I trust that will answer your question.

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    • #3
      Site Admin Please could your organisation ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office for an update on progress of a bilateral agreement with Germany to allow for German citizens, settled in the UK, to vote in the 2022 local elections and beyond?

      If there is no update, when can we expect one?

      This is important to ensure that EU Settled Status for so many of your constituents is meaningful.

      The Government has in place bilateral agreements of this nature with Portugal and Poland. See here:
      Voting rights treaty secured with Portugal - GOV.UK

      As you know, when the UK leaves the EU, UK nationals will no longer have the right to vote and stand in local elections in EU member states where they reside. The ability for UK nationals to continue to be able to vote and stand in these elections will depend on the electoral rules of the Member State in which they live. This is because the provisions of the Lisbon Treaty that provide for voting rights are specifically excluded from the EU acquis that will continue to apply during the Implementation Period. The UK pushed hard in negotiations for reciprocal voting rights, but the EU did not agree so they will not form part of the Withdrawal Agreement.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Bethoven126 View Post
        Site Admin Please could your organisation ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office for an update on progress of a bilateral agreement with Germany to allow for German citizens, settled in the UK, to vote in the 2022 local elections and beyond?

        If there is no update, when can we expect one?

        This is important to ensure that EU Settled Status for so many of your constituents is meaningful.

        The Government has in place bilateral agreements of this nature with Portugal and Poland. See here:
        Voting rights treaty secured with Portugal - GOV.UK

        As you know, when the UK leaves the EU, UK nationals will no longer have the right to vote and stand in local elections in EU member states where they reside. The ability for UK nationals to continue to be able to vote and stand in these elections will depend on the electoral rules of the Member State in which they live. This is because the provisions of the Lisbon Treaty that provide for voting rights are specifically excluded from the EU acquis that will continue to apply during the Implementation Period. The UK pushed hard in negotiations for reciprocal voting rights, but the EU did not agree so they will not form part of the Withdrawal Agreement.
        Good morning, despite sympathising with the cause, our group aim is to support people with their application support and we don't have capacity for campaigning for voting rights.
        I recommended contacting the3million organisation which is better placed to deal with your request.
        Best wishes.



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