Former MEP Gay Mitchell has warned that more than 50,000 British citizens living in Ireland are set to lose the right to vote in the European elections here following Brexit. Reciprocal voting arrangements for Irish and British citizens allow them to vote in general, local and European elections in each other’s countries. However, the former Fine Gael MEP has warned British citizens living here will lose the right to vote for MEPs after the UK leaves the EU. The next European Parliament election will be in May, less than two months after Brexit is due to happen at the end of March.
He said they would continue to be entitled to vote in general and local elections due to the existing agreement between the two jurisdictions.
Mr Mitchell suggested there may need to be a new category of voter created for British citizens in Ireland.
He said: “That may even require new legislation and scrapping existing registers.”