EP future composition debated
14 July, 2017
Exchange of views on the draft report authored by Danuta Maria Huebner (EPP, PL) and Pedro Silva Pereira (S&D, PT) on the composition of the European Parliament post-Brexit took place on 12 July at a sitting of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO). Indeed AFCO is the only committee in the EP that has in its competences the institutional implications of the UK’s withdrawal from the Union. As the co-rapporteurs on the file underlined, the task of distributing the seats in Parliament has always been very politically charged and difficult to handle. Brexit creates a certain amount of incertitude. It is not clear as well whether or not the UK would still be an EU member country in 2019.
Some MEPs agreed that the principle of degressive proportionality should be applied while redistributing the 73 seats of the UK. There were lawmakers that oppose this argument that it will give more power to big countries. There were voices that the seats at the next Parliament should not be more than 700, now they are 751.