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UK candidates to stand in the European Parliament elections following Brexit extension

Wednesday 24 April 2019

The UK is likely to field candidates in the forthcoming European Parliament elections following an extension to the date of the UK’s exit from the European Union. Following the decision of the European Council on 11 April 2019, the UK has until 31 October 2019 to leave the European Union. As part of this, if the UK has not ratified the Withdrawal Agreement by 22 May, it must hold elections for the European Parliament. If it does not do so, the UK will leave the EU, without a deal, on 1 June 2019. Whilst the UK Government continues to attempt to break the current impasse within the UK Parliament, political parties in the UK have started the process of selecting and publicly declaring their candidates for the elections. In the event that the UK takes part in the elections (due to be held on 23 May in the country), the number of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) elected will remain at 751 (not 705 as had been proposed) until the UK leaves the EU, at which point redistribution of some of UK’s seats may take place. As such, Alzheimer Europe will be looking for candidates from the UK to support our campaign by signing up to our #DementiaPledge2019.