Pol­i­tics Brexit set to dom­i­nate run-up to Euro­pean elec­tions

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THE Euro­pean elec­tions will take place on May 23 with the UK set to elect MEPS – de­spite Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May’s ef­forts to de­liver a Brexit deal through Par­lia­ment.

The UK was due to leave the EU by the March 29 but with no with­drawal agree­ment passed by MPS, Brexit day has been ex­tended to Oc­to­ber 31.

» When are the elec­tions?

Euro­pean elec­tions are held ev­ery five years. Elec­tion day is Thurs­day, May 23 with polling sta­tions open from 7am10pm.

» Who can vote in the UK?

You must be reg­is­tered to vote and you have to be 18 years old or over to cast your bal­lot. British Ir­ish or qual­i­fy­ing Com­mon­wealth ci­ti­zens or a cit­i­zen of an EU coun­try can vote.

You must be a res­i­dent at a UK ad­dress but if you are legally ex­cluded you can­not vote.

» Am I reg­is­tered to vote?

The dead­line for reg­is­tra­tion has passed. If you have not reg­is­tered then you won’t be able to take part.

» Can I ap­ply for a proxy vote?

The dead­line for ap­pli­ca­tion to vote by proxy – en­abling some­one else to cast your vote – was May 15 so it is too late.

» How do Euro­pean elec­tions work?

The UK elects 73 MEPS out of the 751 in the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment.

The UK is di­vided into 12 mul­ti­mem­ber re­gional con­stituen­cies. the pop­u­la­tion of each re­gion de­cid­ing how many can­di­dates can stand.

MEPS are elected by pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion from a list of can­di­date.

» Which par­ties are stand­ing and what are their stances on Brexit?

» Change UK

In favour of a a se­cond ref­er­en­dum on Brexit terms with bal­lot papers in­clud­ing re­main as an op­tion.

» Con­ser­va­tive

Theresa May hopes to see a with­drawal deal passed through par­lia­ment be­fore MEPS take their seats in July.

Con­ser­va­tive MPS are split be­tween Mrs May’s deal, re­main or a no-deal exit from the EU.

» Green Party

The party has pledged to do ev­ery­thing it can to keep the UK in the EU and are in favour of a se­cond ref­er­en­dum.

» Labour

Leader Jeremy Cor­byn has been meet­ing with the Prime Min­is­ter to ne­go­ti­ate a Brexit deal, de­spite party mem­bers and MPS call­ing for a fresh ref­er­en­dum.

» Lib­eral Democrats

Leader Sir Vince Ca­ble says a vote for the party would give a clear in­di­ca­tion the UK wants to re­main in the EU.

The Lib­eral Democrats want a Peo­ple’s Vote to con­firm the pub­lic’s de­ci­sion on Brexit.

» The Brexit Party

For­mer UKIP leader Nigel Farage says peo­ple who voted to leave the EU have been be­trayed.

The party hopes to end the idea of a Peo­ple’s Vote at these elec­tions.

» UKIP

Leader Ger­ard Bat­ten says his party is still the main voice for Brexit, call­ing for a clean with­drawal from the EU.

» What hap­pened last time?

The last Euro­pean elec­tion took place in 2014 with the six South West MEPS elected rep­re­sent­ing the Con­ser­va­tives, Labour, UKIP and the Green Party.

From the 2009 elec­tion, UKIP saw a 10.23 per cent rise in vote share with 484,184 votes while Con­ser­va­tives saw their vote share fall by 1.36 per cent to 433,151 votes.

» When will the re­sult be de­clared?

All 28 mem­ber states of the EU will be vot­ing.

Turnout will be an­nounced on Thurs­day with counting due from 6pm on Sun­day, May 26 with re­sults ex­pected from 10pm.

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