The treaty with Poland brings to about 1,680,000 the number of EU citizens in the UK who are covered by voting agreements, less than half of the total. Poland and the United Kingdom have signed a treaty that aims to give Polish and British citizens residing in the other country the right to continue to participate in local elections and vote after the UK withdraws from the European Union. 5.We note that the Euro is signaling to the government that it is trying to conclude similar bilateral agreements with other EU Member States in order to guarantee the right to vote reciprocally. We agree with the government that this agreement should set a precedent for similar agreements with our EU neighbours. We also take note of the government`s announcement on 21 January: in a statement, the New Europeans campaign group called on Boris Johnson`s government to “confirm that it will guarantee the right of all EU citizens in the UK to stand in local and regional elections and vote, not just those who are nationals of a UNION member state where there is a bilateral agreement.” Eu citizens have the right to vote in local and European elections, but not in national elections. The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 and entered a transition period during which it will remain in the EU customs union and the internal market during the negotiations. It is expected to end on December 31 of this year. 7 In the United Kingdom, all EU citizens currently have the right to vote and stand in elections to the deposed assemblies of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The agreement applies only to local elections, as the right to vote in elections to delegated parliaments is a decentralized issue. Scotland and Wales have hinted that they will retain the right to vote and vote for EU citizens in such elections and the Scottish Government plans to extend these rights to all people residing in Scotland, regardless of nationality. He also called on the UK and the EU to “unilaterally guarantee the rights of #the5million so that they are not subject to trade negotiations on the future relationship between the UK and the EU and/or the various Member States.” Some did not know their right to vote at the local level.

Many said they were registered, but the majority did not vote. Many reported a lack of time or resources to engage and suggested that they would become more involved if they could participate in national elections and referendums. But above all, this document has a human and civic dimension. It strengthens relations between our countries by creating a sense of the Polish-British community at the local level here in Poland and Great Britain. The effect of our joint efforts is the confirmation of the full right to vote at the local level for Poles living in the United Kingdom and for the British people who chose Poland as their homeland. After Spain, Portugal and Luxembourg, which signed contracts last year, Poland is the fourth country to have signed such an agreement, which guarantees the citizens` right to vote bilaterally with the United Kingdom. “There was a feeling among participants that engagement was low because migrant communities were not well organized and there were very few or no community leaders they knew,” the survey says. The survey concluded that young Europeans “are more likely to get involved when they see people like them in politics.” Voting agreements could help them achieve the goal. British Ambassador Jonathan Knott and Polish Secretary of State for Legal Affairs and Treaties Piotr Wawrzyk signed the voting agreement between Poland and Poland on 29 May in Warsaw. Under the agreement, British and Polish citizens will now be able to vote and stand in local elections in the countries of the other country.

We have now concluded agreements with Spain, Portugal and Luxembourg and we are continuing our discussions with other Member States. 2.Im unlike many of the agreements we have envisaged, no previous EU international agreement is `overwhelmed`.