The system used to elect our MEPs is more complicated than you think

The EU mandates systems of proportional representation be used to elect its Parliament, but leaves the detail to member states, as Sean O’Grady explains

Thursday 09 May 2019 13:43
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Electing members of the European Parliament is a tricky business
Electing members of the European Parliament is a tricky business

The method of electing members to the European Parliament is extremely simple in principle – but fiendishly complicated in its “behind the scenes” psephological detail.

The UK, like all European countries, sends its representatives to the European Parliament in proportion to the votes cast for each party.

Simple as that.

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