Elections for the European Parliament take place every 5 years. The next election will be in May 2019. Voting in the UK will take place on Thursday 23 May.
You must be registered to vote to vote in European Parliament elections. The deadline for registration is midnight on the 7 May.
Who is eligible to vote?
You must be registered to vote and also be one of the following:
18 years of age or over on polling day
a British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of the European Union resident in the UK
a UK citizen living abroad who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years
not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote
Find out more on thistimeimvoting.eu
What is the European Parliament?
The European Parliament is directly elected by EU voters and represents the interests of the people living in the 28 member countries of the European Union (EU).
It is responsible, along with the Council of Ministers from member states, for making laws and approving budgets.
It also plays a role in the EU’s relations with other countries, including those wishing to join the EU.
Members of the European parliament
The European Parliament is currently made up of 751 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) who are elected by 28 European Union member countries.
Each country is allocated a set number of seats, roughly depending on the size of its population. The smallest, Malta (population: around half a million) has six members sitting in the European Parliament while the largest, Germany (population: 82 million) has 96.
At the moment there are 751 MEPs in total and the UK has 73 of which Northern Ireland has 3.
Northern Ireland MEPs 2014 – 2019
The MEPs who have represented Northern Ireland 2014 – 2019 are:
Martina Anderson, MEP, Sinn Fein
Diane Dodds, MEP, Democraic Unionist Party
Jim Nicholson, MEP, Ulster Unionist Party
Who is standing for EU Parliament elections 2019 – 2024?
At the 1 May 2019 the following candidates are standing for election:
Outgoing MEPs Martina Anderson from Sinn Féin and the DUP’s Diane Dodds are standing for re-election.
Former Ulster Unionist minister Danny Kennedy will stadn as a candidate after the party’s MEP Jim Nicholson decided to step down.
SDLP leader Colum Eastwood and Alliance Party Naomi Long, The Green Party Clare Bailey, UKIP Robert Hill, Conservative Party Amandeep Singh Bhogal, Jane Morrice an independent candidate; Independent candidate Neil McCann, along with TUV leader Jim Allister have confrmed they stand as candidates in the European Parliament election. Former SDLP leader Mark Durkan is hoping to win a seat for Fine Gael in Dublin.
The European Parliament makes big decisions: how to grow the economy, how to curb energy use, how to make sure that the food we eat is safe. When you vote, you choose who represents you as an MEP to make these decisions and what they mean for the sort of world you want to live in. If you don’t vote, you have no say.
European Parliament UK
For latest news, events and information about the European Parliament visit European Parliament Liason Office in the UK