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The United Kingdom's component of the 2019 European Parliament elections took place on Thursday 23 May 2019.[1] Initially, the elections were not planned since the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union (following the 2016 EU Referendum) was set for 29 March 2019. However, the British government requested a delay in the withdrawal date and the European Council approved it following a European summit on 11 April 2019.[2]


England and Wales

The Brexit Party and the Liberal Democrats were the big winners across England and Wales in the European elections.

Nigel Farage's party took 28 of the 64 seats in England and Wales, while the pro-EU Lib Dems have 14 MEPs - up from just one five years ago.

Labour saw just 11 MEPs elected, while the Greens gained seven.

The Conservatives with just three MEPs were in fifth place overall.

Plaid Cymru gained one MEP in Wales.


In Scotland, the SNP won three of the six Scottish MEP seats, with Scottish Labour losing its two MEPs.

The SNP, which fought the election campaign on a strong pro-European platform, polled 37.7 per cent.

The Brexit Party finished on 14.8 per cent of the votes in Scotland, with the Liberal Democrats on 13.8 per cent and the Conservatives on 11.6 per cent, gaining one MEP seat each.[3]

Northern Ireland

Counting began on Monday 27 May 2019 for Northern Ireland's three European Parliament seats.

Eleven candidates were on the ballot paper in Thursday's election. Votes were sorted and verified on Friday ahead of the count.

Despite the intense focus on Northern Ireland in the Brexit debate, the turnout of 45.14 per cent is down more than 6 per cent from the UK/2014 European Parliament elections.

It would represent a seismic political shock if the two largest parties in the region - the pro-Brexit DUP and anti-Brexit Sinn Féin - failed to hold their respective seats.

The Ulster Unionists could be facing a fight to retain the third seat.[4]


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  2. "How UK is gearing up for European elections". BBC News. 11 April 2019. Retrieved 13 April 2019.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "CSS").
  3. "EU Election results: Find out who won all of the seats for Scotland"
  4. "European election results 2019 LIVE: Nigel Farage's Brexit Party and Lib Dems win as Tories and Labour suffer humiliating losses"
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