EP to be reduced after Brexit
9 February, 2018
Parliament will reduce its size from 751 to 705, if the UK leaves the Union and British lawmakers free 73 seats. In a plenary vote on Wednesday, MEPs also agreed 27 from the British seats to be re-distributed among the 14 EU countries that according to the MEPs are under-represented in the Chamber. The other 46 UK seats will be placed in reserve available for possible EU enlargement.
The creation of transnational lists of MEPs, suggested by the Constitutional Affairs Committee, was blocked by the full house.
By reducing the size of parliament we will also allow for savings, thereby freeing up resources that can be used for other purposes, co-rapporteur Polish EPP MEP Danuta Huebner stressed. According to the co-rapporteur Pedro Silva Pereira, Portuguese S&D MEP, the vote is an important step forward for European democracy.
With a wide majority, MEPs reaffirmed their support for Spitzenkandidaten process, in which European political parties designate one candidate each for the post of EC President, ahead of the European elections.