MEP numbers to be reduced by 46 for 2019 elections
The EU Parliament greenlighted last Wednesday a reduction in MEP numbers to 705, if the UK leaves the EU. The change aims at leaving room for new countries that may join the EU in the future. Twenty-seven of the UK's 73 seats will be distributed among 14 Member States that are slightly under-represented, while the rest will stay as a reserve to be allocated to new countries joining the EU. The new allocation will apply only if the UK leaves the EU on schedule. Otherwise, the current arrangements would stay in place until Brexit has been legally completed.