People will find themselves heading for polling stations again, just three weeks after voting in the local elections, on May 23. This time it will be to elect five MEPs in the East Midlands for the European Parliament – something that many people thought would not happen again. Although the votes will be verified on the night of the election, the count will not take place until Sunday, May 26. The results from those elections, which will see people vote in their own Derbyshire constituency for one of eight political parties or groups, or the one independent candidate, will start to appear here after 10pm on Sunday, May 26. The five MEPS will be chosen according to the number of votes proportionately cast for each party or group. The parties taking part are Brexit, Change UK, Conservative, Green Party, Independent Network, Labour, Liberal Democrat and UKIP. There is also an independent candidate. Many people are treating the election as a referendum, suggesting the outcome will indicate whether people want to remain or leave the EU according to which party gets the most votes and their position on leaving or remaining. The main remainers are Change UK, Green Party and Lib Dems. UKIP and Brexit remain the main leave parties, while both Labour and Conservative have candidates of both persuasions. Altogether there are 40 constituencies across the East Midlands, returning results to achieve five MEPs. The same process is repeated for the other regions of the UK.