With the UK having voted to leave the EU in June 2016, nobody could have anticipated that they would end up to participating in the 2019 European Elections. However with Parliament having failed to support the Withdrawal Agreement , the terms of the extension to 31 October require the UK to hold European elections – even if those MEPs elected only serve for a few weeks or months until the UK’s withdrawal is complete.

The political climate as the UK heads into those elections is febrile with a poor showing for the Conservative Party now widely anticipated. However with both leave and remain voters disaffected with how the Brexit process has been managed by the Government, new entries to the political arena – Change UK (pro-remain)  and the Brexit Party (pro- leave) – look set to dominate the news agenda in the run up to polling day. Change UK’s policy of a second referendum to approve the Withdrawal Agreement has a growing number of supporters, in particular amongst young people. Whereas the Brexit Party, led by former UKIP leader Nigel Farage, is expected to be the main beneficiary of protest votes from Leave supporters angry at the delays and apparent softening of the Conservative Government’s approach to the Brexit negotiations.

The list system used to elect UK MEPs to the European Parliament makes the final distribution of seats difficult to predict through opinion polling. However the extent of the collapse in Conservative support and growth in interest in the new political parties is expected to be the dominant theme of this election period.

Greens 6 MEPs

SNP Party members are due to vote on the order of their candidates, which include current…

New party

Prominent names for Change UK include Stephen Dorrell (Health Secretary in the John Major…

EFDD 19 MEPs

Nigel Farage’s new Brexit party looks on course to be the biggest group in the elections…

ALDE 1 MEP

The LibDem list contains their 1 current MEP, Catherien Bearder, but also a number of…

ECR 19 MEPs

The Conservative lists are headed by 14 of the sitting 19 MEPs and they are projected to…

S&D (20 MEPs)

Labour have published their lists of candidates, with 15 of the 18 sitting MEPs topping…

EPP (0)

Two Tory MEPs moved to the EPP at the end of the last parliament - Julie Girling and…