EU citizens – eligibility to stand and vote in local elections?

A few of you have asked us about the ability of EU citizens to stand as councillors and vote in local government elections post the UK leaving the EU on 31 January.

Essentially Brexit does not change anything. EU citizens remain “citizens of the Union” who are qualified to be elected and serve as local councillors (s.79 (1) of the Local Government Act 1972) and they also remain entitled to vote in local government elections (s,2 (1) of the Representation of the People Act 1983).

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