The UK will be holding European parliamentary elections on May 23, 2019, unless Theresa May can secure approval on her withdrawal deal at the last hour. The elections will see 73 Members of European Parliament (MEPs) elected to represent the UK. For all the details on the EU elections, the Express.co.uk guide is below.
In order to vote in the European elections, you must
- Be registered to vote
- Be 18 or over on 23 May
- Be a British, Irish, or qualifying Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of an EU country other than Malta and Cyprus
- Be resident at an address in the UK
- Not be legally excluded from voting.
To register to vote online you can go to the official Government site.
If you are an EU resident in the UK and want to vote in the elections you can, but you need to do the following three things before Tuesday, May 7.
This only applies if you are a citizen in a country other than the UK, Ireland, Malta and Cyprus resident in England, Scotland or Wales.
To find out who is standing for election in your area you can pop your postcode into this website.
You will be sent information on your closest polling station, and voting will take place on Thursday, May 23.
How do the European Parliamentary elections work?
In the UK, 73 Members of European Parliament (MEPs) are elected. The whole of European Parliament is made up of 751 MEPs elected across the 21 member states which make up the European Union.
There are 12 European electoral regions in the UK and each is represented by between three and 10 MEPs.
The constituencies and number of MEPs for each are as follows –
- South East England – 10
- London – 8
- North West England – 8
- East of England – 7
- West Midlands – 7
- South West England (including Gibraltar) – 6
- Yorkshire and the Humber – 6
- Scotland – 6
- East Midlands – 5
- Wales – 4
- North East England – 3
- Northern Ireland – 3