President signs bill ratifying Polish-British voting rights treaty

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The Polish president has signed into law a bill ratifying a Polish-British agreement under which Poles living in the UK and Britons living in Poland can vote and run in local elections.

The law signed by President Andrzej Duda follows an agreement signed by the Polish and British governments in May. Under the agreement some of the rights Polish and British citizens enjoy under the EU flag will continue once the UK’s transition period finishes at the end of the year.

The agreement was signed by the UK's then ambassador to Poland, Jonathan Knott and Piotr Wawrzyk, the Polish secretary of state for legal and treaty affairs.

Poland is the fourth country to have signed a voting rights treaty with the UK, following treaties signed with Spain, Portugal and Luxembourg.

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