Not all EU citizens will automatically be entitled to register, vote, or stand for election.
The exceptions are:
- Qualifying EU citizens who come from countries which have reciprocal agreements with the UK (currently this is Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, and Spain)
- EU citizens with retained rights, who were living in the UK before 1 January 2021 (before the UK left the EU)
This change will apply to all local elections and referendums, all elections for council and combined authority mayors, and Police and Crime Commissioner elections.
These changes are expected to take place by spring 2024.