Aliens cannot sit in Parliament, although those who have acquired British citizenship through naturalisation are eligible, as are citizens of Commonwealth countries and the Republic of Ireland. Nationals of other EU countries are eligible to stand for local authorities and for the Scottish Parliament and Welsh and Northern Irish Assemblies, and also for the European Parliament provided they are not simultaneously a candidate in some other member state of the EU.
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Notes and References
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