Following the agreement to prolong the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union until October 31, the country will almost certainly be obliged to take part in forthcoming elections for the European Parliament. These will take place across Europe between May 23-26; in the UK the scheduled date is Thursday, May 23. The UK vote could be cancelled if the negotiated Brexit agreement is approved by the British parliament, opening the door for the UK to leave the EU. But after three defeats for the deal in the House of Commons, divisions remain entrenched and the process paralysed – nearly three years after the EU referendum. There are different voting systems across the EU – and within the UK. All are versions of proportional representation (PR), different from the “First Past The Post” method which elects MPs to the UK parliament at Westminster. How is the vote organised in the UK? The UK will elect 73 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), out of … [Read more...] about How do European Parliament elections work in the UK and how do I vote?
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THERESA MAY’S failure to deliver the referendum result will mean that in six weeks, Britain will have to elect MEPs to sit in the European Parliament in Brussels. But why should we? Here are ten reasons why these are the most pointless elections in British history: 1. We already voted to quit: Almost exactly three years ago, we Brits voted to leave the EU by a million-strong majority. More people voted to get us out of the EU than have ever voted for anything in this country. But now we are going to be asked to vote again for an institution at the heart of Brussels — despite making it clear we do not want to be there. What part of leave don’t the politicians understand? 2. National humiliation: We voted to make our own laws, but for as long as we send MEPs to the EU Parliament, we will have to accept the decisions made there. What self-respecting country would vote to decide its own destiny but then meekly accept that it had to take instruction from an … [Read more...] about Ten reasons why the European Parliament elections are the most pointless in British history
Two of Yorkshire’s representatives in the European Parliament have revealed they will not stand again if the UK is forced to take part in next month’s elections. Labour’s Linda McAvan and Ukip’s Jane Collins will not put themselves forward for re-election on May 23 after a combined 26 years representing the region in Brussels and Strasbourg.The UK looks set to hold elections for MEPs, sparking anger among Brexiteers, after European leaders this week gave Theresa May until October 31 to get her deal passed by the Commons. They will only be cancelled if the controversial Withdrawal Agreement can be ratified by May 22. Talks continued between the Government and Labour yesterday to find a compromise that can get the support of MPs.The Yorkshire Post says: Parliament must heed Tusk’s words and not waste time on breaking Brexit impasse Party leaders have this week been rushing to make arrangements for the elections by pulling together lists of candidates ahead … [Read more...] about Yorkshire MEPs Linda McAvan and Jane Collins won’t stand in May’s European Parliament elections
News / UK and world by Press Association April 12, 2019, 1:34 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter The UK is on track to hold European Parliament elections on May 23, having met Friday’s deadline to inform Brussels it will take part. But what are the elections about and will they really take place? – What are the European Parliament elections? Held every five years, the polls select MEPs to sit in the European Parliament in Brussels and Strasbourg. The UK has 73 seats in the 751-member Parliament. – When will voting take place? The ballot is due to take place on Thursday May 23 in the UK and the Netherlands, May 24 in Ireland and over the weekend in the other EU states. Votes will not be counted until polling is completed in all 28 countries on May 26. – How are MEPs elected? The UK is divided into 12 electoral regions – nine in England and one each for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – each of which elects … [Read more...] about European Parliament elections: What happens next?
Northern Ireland’s longest serving member of the European Parliament was today applauded by fellow MEPs on what might well have been his last speech. Jim Nicholson, an Ulster Unionist who has been a member of the parliament for 30 years, was speaking in a Strasbourg debate on the European Council meeting last week, in which EU decided on its final terms for Brexit. Mr Nicholson, who was a Westminster MP between 1983 and 1986 and then elected to the European Parliament in 1989, gave a short address to one of the final plenary sessions in which UK MEPs will be entitled to take part, unless the nation extends Article 50 and participates in the coming elections to the body.With some of the most senior EU figures in the chamber this morning, including Michel Barnier, Guy Verhofstadt, Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker, Mr Nicholson said that he had said at the beginning of the Brexit process “that it would go down to the wire and beyond. I have not been disappointed”. … [Read more...] about MEPs applaud Jim Nicholson as his 30 years of service in the European Parliament draws to close