This means the voting rights of all EU citizens living in the UK and their ability to stand in local elections will remain unchanged in 2019 until any amendment to UK legislation is made. Candidates elected at or before the May 2019 local elections should be able to serve their term of office in full.
The move follows mounting pressure from the LGA, amid concerns about the potential disruption to selection processes and electoral registers if EU citizens were not able to stand or vote in next year’s local elections on 2 May.
Cllr Kevin Bentley, Chairman of the LGA’s Brexit Taskforce, said: “The LGA has been putting pressure on government for certainty that those wishing to stand in next year’s elections, and those wishing to vote at them, are able to do so.
“Without this confirmation, councils could have wasted huge amounts of money in the build-up to the election period, only to see candidates having to withdraw before voting day.”
He added: “We continue to work with government to ensure the views of all of our member councils are heard at the top table and through the EU Exit Local Government Delivery Board.”
The Cabinet Office has made a statement on the issue via a written parliamentary question.