European Parliament: Elections

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 19th February 2019.

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Photo of Emma Reynolds Emma Reynolds Labour, Wolverhampton North East

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the European Parliamentary Elections Regulations 2004 as amended by the European Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Regulations 2009 remain in force.

Photo of Chloe Smith Chloe Smith The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, Assistant Whip

The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (“the 2018 Act”) repeals the underlying pieces of legislation providing for the holding of European Parliamentary elections.

As the UK will cease to be a member of the European Union on 29th March 2019, we will not be taking part in future European Parliamentary elections, including those scheduled to be held from 23rd to 26th May 2019.

The European Parliamentary Elections Etc. (Repeal, Revocation, Amendment and Saving Provisions) (United Kingdom and Gibraltar) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 were made on 3rd December 2018 under powers in the 2018 Act. These Regulations make further provision as a result of the UK no longer participating in European Parliamentary elections and come into force on the day that the UK leaves the European Union. The European Parliamentary Elections Regulations 2004, as amended by the European Parliamentary (Amendment) Regulations 2009, will be revoked as a result of the provision made by the 2018 Act and by these Regulations.

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