How many UK MEP seats are there for the European Parliament elections?

European Union flag flying outside Berlaymont building of the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium
As the UK hasn’t left the European Union yet, the country has to take part in the elections (Picture: Getty)

If you’re not familiar with how the European Parliament elections work, here’s a rundown.

Voters in 28 countries, all of which are part of the European Union, will elect 751 members of the European Parliament to serve as representatives of their countries in a five-year term, which will begin on 2 July.

Elections will be held across EU countries from 23 to 26 May, with the UK’s held on the first day of voting (23 May).

So, what does this mean for Britain?

How many UK MEP seats are there for the European elections 2019?

As the UK has not yet left the EU, we are still eligible to remain in the European Parliament and currently hold 73 seats (around 10.2%).

However, should Brexit happen at the end of the extended leaving period on 31 October, these seats will be distributed to other countries.

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The European Parliament elections is the second biggest democratic event in the world, barring the Indian elections.

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UK Citizens and EU citizens based in the UK over the age of 18 can vote (Picture: Rui Vieira/PA Wire)

How do the European Parliament Elections work and who can vote?

UK citizens and other EU citizens based in the country and aged over 18 years old can vote, however they would have had to register by 7 May.

Each political party in the UK has supplied candidates to be elected and there are two voting rounds.

In the first round, the party with the most votes wins a seat for their top candidate, while during the second round the vote is divided by two.

If the party still gets majority, it will get another seat. If not, then whichever party has the most will get a seat.

This process is repeated after each round, and will continue until the seats for each region have been allocated.

How are the votes split?

England has nine regions, with seats split as follows:

  • South East England – 10
  • London – 8
  • North West England – 8
  • East of England – 7
  • West Midlands – 7
  • Yorkshire & Humber 6
  • South West England – 6
  • East Midlands – 5
  • North East England – 3

Meanwhile Wales has four seats, Scotland has six and Northern Ireland has three.

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