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Voting Rights: Foreign Nationals

Question for Northern Ireland Office

UIN HL12804, tabled on 14 January 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether Irish citizens’ will retain their right to vote in certain UK elections after the UK leaves the EU.

Answered on

22 January 2019

The rights of Irish citizens to vote in UK elections will remain unaffected after the UK leaves the European Union.

The long standing eligibility of Irish citizens who are resident in the UK to register for and vote in elections in the UK is a result of the historical and close political ties between the two countries and is currently enshrined in the Representation of the People Act 1983. The reciprocal arrangement on voting rights between the United Kingdom and Ireland is entirely separate to membership of the European Union.