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European elections: voting rights for British citizens

I am a British national residing in Luxembourg. Will I be entitled to participate in the European elections on 26 May 2019?

If the United Kingdom is still a Member of the EU between 23 and 26 May 2019 and has not ratified the Withdrawal Agreement by 22 May 2019, it must hold elections to the European Parliament in accordance with Union law.

Therefore, provided that they are registered on the electoral roll in Luxembourg, British nationals will be able to participate in the European elections in Luxembourg.

However, if the United Kingdom ratifies the Withdrawal Agreement by 22 May 2019, the withdrawal will occur on the 1st day of the month following the completion of the ratification procedures and the United Kingdom will not participate in the European elections.

After the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU, British nationals will no longer fulfil the nationality requirement of the electoral law of 18th February 2003 (as amended), namely being a national of an EU Member state. Thus, they will lose their voting right in the European elections.

I am a British national residing in Luxembourg and I have the nationality of another EU Member State (non-UK). Will I be entitled to participate in the European elections on 26th May 2019?

Yes.

Under the electoral law of 18th February 2003 (as amended), nationals of EU Member States residing in Luxembourg may participate in the European elections either in their country of origin or in Luxembourg.

Thus, provided you are registered on the Luxembourg electoral rolls, you will be able to participate in the European elections in Luxembourg. Further information on registration procedures are available here.

Please note that if you were already registered on the electoral roll in Luxembourg for the previous European elections, your registration on the electoral roll is maintained automatically.

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