Spain and Britain sign bilateral voting rights agreement

EPA-EFE/J.P. Gandul

Spanish Secretary of State for European Union, Luis Marco Aguiriano, and Robin Walker, the British Under Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union, address a joint press conference as part of the signing ceremony of the bilateral agreement to safeguard voting rights in local elections for their citizens residing in the other country in Madrid, January 21, 2019.

Spain and Britain sign bilateral voting rights agreement


Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Share on LinkedIn
+

A bilateral agreement between Spain and the UK will allow the citizens of the two countries to continue to vote in local elections after Brexit becomes official on March 29.

The agreement will allow UK immigrants in Spain to vote in municipal elections due to be held in May in both Spain and the UK. Spain is home to a number of UK pensioners, tourism, and real estate professionals, some of whom are involved in local politics. Over 90,000 UK citizens are registered to vote in local elections in Spain.

As of April 2018, there were 37 elected British members of municipal governments in Spain.

Spain is the only country in the EU that is home to more British immigrants than it has sent overseas. There are over 300,000 UK permanent residents in Spain and only 175,000 Spanish citizens in the UK.

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Share on LinkedIn
+