Background

Elections for the European Parliament will be taking place between May 23-26.

Over three days, voters will elect 751 representatives across 27 countries, including 73 seats for the United Kingdom. The original plan was to reduce the total number of Members of European Parliament (MEPs) to 705 and redistribute 27 of the UK’s seats to other EU countries. However, since the UK’s future status in the EU is yet unresolved, the election is scheduled to go ahead under the original make-up of 751 seats. When (if) the United Kingdom leaves the EU, the total will be reduced to 705.