Heidi Allen, MP for South Cambridgeshire, is urging EU Citizens from other countries living in the UK to ensure they have completed both steps in the registration process for EU Elections, by May 7 2019.
Following the “flexible extension” that has been granted to the UK until October 31, it is highly likely that the UK will be participating in European Elections on May 23. However, as the UK was expected to leave the EU on March 29, there has been limited preparation for the UK’s participation in these elections.
EU citizens from other countries living in the UK are among those most likely to be affected by the government’s failure to prepare for participation in the EU elections. EU citizens from other countries living in the UK are not automatically enrolled to vote in EU elections, regardless of whether they have registered to vote in local council elections.
To register to vote in the UK, EU citizens from other countries must complete a two-step registration process. They must register online as well as filling out and returning the UC1 form that declares they will not vote in their country of origin.
Previously local authorities would have contacted EU citizens from other countries in January ensuring they were aware of the two-step process to register for EU elections. However, due to the government’s continuous denial that participation in the EU elections was a possibility, EU citizens from other countries now only have 12 days to return the UC1 registration form. To date it is estimated only 300 forms have been returned, equating to 0.015% of registered EU citizens.
Heidi Allen MP therefore encourages all EU citizens from other countries to ensure they are able to exercise their right to vote by completing and returning the form to their local authority by the May 7 deadline.