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Brexit - Common Travel Area (CTA)

Access to social housing

  1. The CTA affords British citizens residing in Ireland, and Irish citizens residing in the UK, the right to access social housing. This includes supported housing and homeless assistance in each other’s state, on the same basis as citizens of that state.
  2. This situation pre-dated both countries membership of the European Union. 
  3. These reciprocal rights and arrangements will not change after the UK leaves the European Union. 

Voting rights

Irish citizens resident in the United Kingdom, and British citizens resident in Ireland, will retain their right to vote in local and national parliamentary elections following the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

  1. The right to vote at local and national parliamentary elections will remain subject to Irish and British citizens having reached the established voting age and having registered on the electoral roll in their respective jurisdictions.
  2. Reciprocity of civic rights, including voting rights, have been enjoyed by Irish citizens resident in the United Kingdom, and British citizens resident in Ireland, since the inception of the CTA arrangements. These arrangements pre-date Ireland and the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union.
  3. The Governments of Ireland and the United Kingdom are committed to maintaining the CTA arrangements as they currently exist within the two jurisdictions when the United Kingdom formally leaves the European Union.

Elections to the European Parliament – voting rights of British citizens living in Ireland

Under European Union law, only citizens of the European Union have the right to vote (and stand for election) in European Parliament elections. This means that when the United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union, British citizens residing in Ireland will no longer have a right to vote in, or stand as candidates in, elections to the European Parliament held in Ireland. 

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