Concern over British citizens being allowed to vote in next year’s municipal elections

British citizens living in Spain are expressing concerns as to whether or not they will be allowed to vote in the upcoming municipal elections to be held in May 2019 – A date that falls within the transitional phase of the United Kingdom exiting the European Union.

Somewhere around 300,000 British citizens reside permanently in Spain but neither the British or Spanish government authorities have been able to confirm whether they will be allowed to vote in next year’s elections.

When asked about the municipal elections, British ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley, said: “the United Kingdom intends to offer the right to vote to Europeans who are in the United Kingdom in reciprocity, so that Brits in the European Union also have that right in local elections, but an agreement has not yet been reached because it depends on local electoral regulations.”

Nerja and several other towns in Malaga and Alicante Province have a considerable number of British residents and many feel that they deserve a say in the day to day running of the towns where they live.

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