What are the changes?
Changes to EU citizens' voting and candidacy rights include:
- EU citizens will no longer automatically be entitled to register, vote, and stand for election
- Two groups of EU citizens will retain their rights:
- 'Qualifying EU citizens' from countries with reciprocal agreements, and who have leave, or do not require it, to remain in the UK - currently Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, and Spain
- 'EU citizens with retained rights' who were residents in the UK before 1 January 2021 - i.e. before the UK left the EU
The changes to EU citizens' voting and candidacy rights will apply to all local elections and referendums in England.
When will these apply?
The changes will take place after the May 2024 Police and Crime Commissioner elections.