The UK and Spanish Governments have worked together to sign a treaty securing the rights of British and Spanish citizens to stand and vote in local elections in each other’s countries after Brexit. The treaty was signed on 21 January by MP, Robin Walker and Minister Marco Aguiriano, and it means that Spanish citizens living in the UK and British citizens living in Spain can take part in future local elections.
Any UK nationals registered to vote in the upcoming local elections in Spain this May will continue to be able to vote regardless of the Brexit outcome. Information on how to register can be found on the Spanish government website. They will need to have been resident in Spain for three years to be able to stand or vote in the elections.
The UK government said they welcome the treaty that reaffirms the importance of the UK and Spain’s relationship, underlining their commitment to democracy, and enabling these citizens to continue to vote for who represents them in the country they live in. They are continuing to explore similar bilateral treaties to secure these rights for British citizens across the EU.
The government said that it intends that all eligible EU citizens living in the UK will be able to vote in local elections in England and Northern Ireland this May. Those who are nominated and elected at or before these local elections will also be permitted to serve their full term in office. Brexit Minister Robin Walker said:
‘I’m very pleased to have signed such an important treaty with one of our closest neighbours which maintains people’s ability to exercise their democratic rights, by standing and voting in local elections.’
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