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How Brexit extension might invalidate our European election results

RightWingAnarchist

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At this point, we don't know whether Britain will be in the EU on the date of the European Elections. Therefore, in two constituencies, we don't know whether we are electing 3 or 4 MEPs. leaving aside the fact that this may interfere with parties political strategies in terms of the number of candidates they run, consider how the count would be run. In most EU countries, the election is a list system - so extra seats means going farther down the list. However in our case a quota is calculated and you are elected when you reach the quota or nobody else remains. Do we set the quota for 3 or 4 seats. If we set the quota for 4 seats, then the 4th person elected would not necessarily have been the runner up if the number of seats was 3 (because the first two elected would have sucked up more votes).

We might have to have two full bye-elections.
 


Watcher2

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How does Britain's membership impact on ours? We are a sovereign nation.
 

Baron von Biffo

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At this point, we don't know whether Britain will be in the EU on the date of the European Elections. Therefore, in two constituencies, we don't know whether we are electing 3 or 4 MEPs. leaving aside the fact that this may interfere with parties political strategies in terms of the number of candidates they run, consider how the count would be run. In most EU countries, the election is a list system - so extra seats means going farther down the list. However in our case a quota is calculated and you are elected when you reach the quota or nobody else remains. Do we set the quota for 3 or 4 seats. If we set the quota for 4 seats, then the 4th person elected would not necessarily have been the runner up if the number of seats was 3 (because the first two elected would have sucked up more votes).

We might have to have two full bye-elections.
The election will be held on the basis of 4 seats in the knowledge that there's a possibility only the first 3 will become MEPs.

As the voters will know this in advance the election will be valid.
 

locke

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Euro elections aren't mentioned in the constitution, so it should be possible to deal with the problem through emergency legislation.
 

cozzy121

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How does Britain's membership impact on ours? We are a sovereign nation.
I think if the brits go, the seats that they would have taken in the EU parliament would be distributed amongst the other members so Ireland was to get 1 or 2 extra MEP seats
 

Gin Soaked

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I think if the brits go, the seats that they would have taken in the EU parliament would be distributed amongst the other members so Ireland was to get 1 or 2 extra MEP seats
So that would probably mean redrawing electoral boundaries to ensure proportionality of representation?

Sounds like a nightmare.

If we just give seats on a "national constituency " to the top performing parties, that would be an undemocratic mess. So we'd need to redraw boundaries.?
 

Watcher2

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I think if the brits go, the seats that they would have taken in the EU parliament would be distributed amongst the other members so Ireland was to get 1 or 2 extra MEP seats
Surely if the member goes, the seats go with them. Why in Gods name should a "jobs for the boys" exist? Stupid question, yeah, that's why its rhetorical.
 


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