HOME AFFAIRS – VOTING RIGHTS FOR EU CITIZENS IN THE UK AFTER BREXIT – 5 November 2018
Dr Julian Lewis: Does the Minister share my surprise at recent press reports suggesting that EU citizens living in the United Kingdom after Brexit would be offered full voting rights in Westminster parliamentary elections? Will she confirm that that is not going to happen?
[The Minister for Immigration (Caroline Nokes): I thank my right hon. Friend for that question. Deciding who can vote in UK elections is a Cabinet Office competence. EU citizens currently have the right to vote in local elections and that will prevail until there is a change in primary legislation. However, such matters are for future discussion and negotiation, and I cannot set them out today.]