Updated 7 May: It has been confirmed this afternoon by David Lidington, essentially the deputy PM, that the UK will indeed be taking part in the EU Parliamentary elections on 23 May. Anyone wanting to vote and still not registered … you have until midnight. Tonight. There is more information from the Government HERE.

Updated 30 April: The British Government has issued the following statement with regard to voting in the UK’s possible participation in the European Parliamentary elections next month.

Information for UK nationals on voting in the European Parliament elections

The UK Government wants to ratify the Withdrawal Agreement on our departure from the EU in the next few weeks. This would mean we would not participate in the European Parliament elections.

However, there is a possibility that the UK will have to participate in the elections. In this scenario, if you wish to vote, you should ensure that you are registered either with your local electoral authorities here in Spain or in the UK.

The European Parliament elections in Spain will be held on 26 May. If the UK remains in the EU at the time of the election, voting will take place in the UK on 23 May.

The deadline for registering to vote in the local and European Parliament elections in Spain was 30 January 2019. If you are not already registered to vote in Spain, you could instead choose to vote in the UK, as long as you have been registered to vote in the UK within the last 15 years. The deadline for registering to vote in EP elections in the UK is midnight on Tuesday 7 May. The process can be done online and you can register to vote either by post or by proxy. It is important to be aware that you cannot vote in both countries.

Find out more about voting in the European Parliament elections:

//europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/residence/elections-abroad/european-elections/index_en.htm

For details on how to register as an overseas voter with the UK Electoral Commission:

//www.yourvotematters.co.uk/can-i-vote/overseas

For the latest information on issues affecting UK nationals in Spain, sign up for email alerts at gov.uk/living-in-spain and follow us on social media at facebook.com/britsinspain.

Source: Janet Anscombe 

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