• Foreign Nationals Voting in General Elections

    04 November 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about voting in the UK’s general elections.

    To vote in a UK general election, you must be a British citizen. This situation is not unique to the UK: many countries allow only their citizens to vote at general elections, and linking citizenship to the right to vote is not unusual. The UK additionally allows qualifying Commonwealth voters and Irish citizens, resident in this country, to vote at general elections. This position reflects the historical ties between the UK and Commonwealth countries, and the historical ties and reciprocal arrangements between the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

    Currently, EU citizens resident in the UK can vote at elections to local authorities, devolved legislatures and the European Parliament, but you would need to become a  British citizen to be eligible to vote in general elections. Information on how to become a British citizen can be found here:

    While I recognise this is not the answer you were hoping to hear, I am not aware that the Government has plans to change this.

    Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

    Yours sincerely,

    Mel Stride MP

    MP for Central Devon