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Tower Hamlets Returning Officer Will Tuckley received information on Friday 5 April 2019 that the Prime Minister has written to the President of the European Council requesting an extension to the UK leaving the European Union to 30 June 2019.

Notice of election

The letter states that:

"The United Kingdom accepts the European Council’s view that if the United Kingdom were still a Member State of the European Union on 23 May 2019, it would be under a legal obligation to hold elections.

"The Government is therefore making the Order that sets the date of the poll."

It also states:

"The Government will want to agree a timetable for ratification [of the withdrawal agreement] that allows the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Union before 23 May 2019 and therefore cancel the European Parliamentary elections, but will continue to make responsible preparations to hold the elections should this not prove possible."

Consequently, the advice from Government is at this point in time Returning Officers should actively plan to run the European Union Parliamentary Elections on Thursday 23 May 2019 unless advice is provided to the contrary.

Information on voting in the EU elections for EU citizens not from the UK, ROI, Cyprus and Malta who are resident in the UK

On Wednesday 10 April 2019 European Union leaders granted the UK a six-month extension to Brexit. The new deadline of 31 October 2019 averts the prospect of the UK having to leave the EU without a deal on Friday 12 April 2019. Consequently, the UK must now hold European elections on Thursday 23 May 2019, or leave on 1 June without a deal.

If you are a European Union citizen, other than UK, Republic of Ireland, Cyprus and Malta and are resident in the UK, to vote in the forthcoming European Parliamentary Elections on Thursday 23 May 2019 here in the UK you are required to apply to do so on a separate form which can be obtained from the electoral commissions web site.

Those EU citizens who have entries on the electoral register as of the 1 April 2019 will be sent a form in due course to apply if they wish to do so but the timescales are tight given the late confirmation of the poll from government.

Download a voter registration form.

Completed forms should be returned to:

Electoral Services
Tower Hamlets Council
5 Clove Crescent
Poplar
London
E14 2BG

This form must be received by the electoral registration officer by Tuesday 7 May 2019 to be effective for these elections.

For more details on electoral registration and how voting works please go to the Electoral Commission's website or our voting and elections page.