2019 European Parliament election in the United Kingdom

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European Parliament election in the United Kingdom, 2019

← 2014 23 May 2019
(Speculative)[1]

All 73 United Kingdom seats to the European Parliament
  Jeremy Corbyn Theresa May
Leader Jeremy Corbyn Theresa May Gerard Batten
Party Labour Conservative UKIP
Alliance S&D ECR EFDD
Leader since 12 September 2015 11 July 2016 17 February 2018
Last election 20 seats, 24.4% 19 seats, 23.1% 24 seats, 26.6%
Current seats 20 18 7

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Incumbent Leader of Largest Party

Jeremy Corbyn
Labour



The United Kingdom and Gibraltar were due to be part of the 2019 European Parliamentary elections, but, following the UK's decision to leave the European Union in 2016, the UK is scheduled to cease being a member of the European Union prior to the planned election date in 2019, in which case the elections will not occur.

However, on 27 May 2018 it was reported that the Electoral Commission had set aside £829,000 for its "activities relating to a European Parliamentary election in 2019". The Commission has described the money as a "precautionary measure, so that we have the necessary funds to deliver our functions at a European Parliamentary election, in the unlikely event that they do go ahead."[2][1][3] The European Council has also drawn up contingency plans allowing the UK to retain its MEPs should Brexit be postponed.[4]

Party affiliation of MEPs before the 2019 election[edit]

Labour Party 20   Socialists and Democrats 186
Independent 10 Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy 44
UK Independence Party 7
Social Democratic Party 1
Libertarian Party 1
Thurrock Independents 1
Conservative Party 18 European Conservatives and Reformists 74
Ulster Unionist Party 1
Green Party of England and Wales 3 Greens–European Free Alliance 52
Scottish National Party 2
Plaid Cymru 1
Independent 2   European People's Party 218
Liberal Democrats 1   Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe 68
Sinn Féin 1   European United Left–Nordic Green Left 52
Independent 1   Europe of Nations and Freedom 34
Democratic Unionist Party 1 Non-Inscrits 22
UK Independence Party 1
Independent 1
Total 73 Total 750

Constituencies and representation[edit]

As has been the case since 1999, the electoral constituencies are based on the government's nine English regions, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, creating a total of 12 constituencies. The seat allocation has been the same since 2008:

Constituency Representation Current members
East Midlands 5        
East of England 7      
London 8    
North East England 3              
North West England 8    
South East England 10
South West England1 6        
West Midlands 7      
Yorkshire and the Humber 6        
Scotland 6        
Wales 4            
Northern Ireland 3                    


1 Includes Gibraltar, the only British overseas territory which is part of the European Union.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hope, Christopher (26 May 2018). "Fear over 'secret' Government plan for UK to stay in EU after deadline as cash set aside for European elections". The Telegraph. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  2. ^ Wheeler, Caroline (27 May 2018). "John Bercow's committee sets aside nearly £1m for post-Brexit EU election". The Sunday Times. London. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  3. ^ Kanter, Jake (27 May 2018). "Brexit supporters are angry about a 'secret plot' to keep Britain in Europe after £829,000 is set aside for EU elections". Business Insider UK. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  4. ^ Stone, Jon (16 June 2018). "EU making preparations for possibility of Brexit being postponed". The Independent. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  5. ^ "MEPs by Member State and political group, 8th parliamentary term". European Parliament. Retrieved 14 January 2019.

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