European voters started heading to the polls Thursday to choose lawmakers to represent them at the European Parliament for the next five years. In all, 400 million voters in 28 nations will be voting over the next four days. Here's a look at that massive exercise in democracy, a multi-national ballot by the European Union's only democratically elected institution. ___ WHO, WHEN, WHAT ON THE EU VOTE? Europe's voting marathon kicked off Thursday in the Netherlands and in Britain . Voters in Ireland turn out on Friday, those in the Czech Republic, Latvia, Malta and Slovakia vote on Saturday and the remaining 21 EU nations cast their ballots on Sunday. Voters in each EU nation choose some of the 751 lawmakers in the European Parliament, which sits in both Brussels and Strasbourg, France. Seats in the European Parliament are doled out proportionally based on a nation's population. Cyprus, Luxembourg and Malta have the fewest seats with six each, while the EU's most populous … [Read more...] about European Parliament elections: How they work, what could happen
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South Tyneside voters are set to take part in European Parliament elections on May 23 after the UK informed Brussels it would be taking part. It comes after EU leaders gave Britain a Brexit extension until Halloween, following Parliament's failure to agree on a withdrawal agreement before the April 12 deadline (itself an extension on the original March 29 Brexit date).In Theresa May's letter requesting a Brexit extension, she agreed the UK would take part in the European Parliament elections - though would pull out if the UK managed to find a way forward for Brexit before the election date. 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 … [Read more...] about European Parliament elections in South Tyneside: What you need to know
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?
The Conservative Party finally admitted tonight it will be taking part in European Parliament elections on May 23 almost three years after the Brexit vote. In a fresh humiliation for Theresa May, her party started recruitment for candidates tonight ahead of the official calling of the elections tomorrow. Mrs May has insisted for months she did not want Britain to take part in the EU elections and as recently as last week said she wanted to avoid it. In her letter to EU Council President Donald Tusk on Friday, she asked for a fresh delay to Brexit that could be cut short if the deal passes in time to avoid the election. But an email to every member of the Tory candidates list tonight said: 'Due to the current situation we will be contesting the European Elections on 23 May 2019 and the closing date for nominations is 24 April.' The EU has insisted Britain elect new MEPs if it wants to delay Brexit by extending Article 50 - warning the UK cannot stay in the bloc for longer … [Read more...] about Tory HQ admits it WILL be taking part in European Parliament elections