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Palma.—Britain is currently finalising an agreement on voting rights with the Spanish government which should mean that British nationals living in Spain will be able to vote in the local elections in May. It had been feared that thousands of British citizens would be be unable to vote because Britain is expected to leave the European Union in March and the elections are in May. But this is not the case.
“The Spanish Electoral Census Office has confirmed that British nationals currently remain eligible to register to vote in the next local elections which will be held in May 2019.
“If you wish to vote in those elections you must declare your intention to vote before the deadline of 30 January 2019. As your right to vote in local elections will not automatically continue once the UK leaves the EU, the Spanish Electoral Census Office has said UK nationals will remain on the voting register until the end of March
2019. “However, as part of the preparations for the UK’s exit from the EU, the UK government is seeking a bilateral agreement with Spain and, if agreed before March
2019, it would allow you to remain registered to vote past this date. Discussions with the Spanish Government are underway and, as and when further information is available on the progress of a bilateral agreement, we will update you,” the British Embassy said in a statement yesterday.