The European Parliament after Brexit
The official date of the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union is coming up soon, on the 31st of October 2019. While Brexit, depending on whether the UK leaves with or without a deal, will have a huge impact on Europe as a whole, will also affect the European Parliament. Should the UK leave the EU on the 31st of October, regardless of how that happens, the 73 British MEPs will leave the Parliament.Earlier this year the European Parliament has prepared for this scenario and a decision was made to replace only some of the outgoing representatives. This means, that out of the 73 places the British MEPs will leave, 27 seats in the European Parliament will be allocated to various countries. The remaining 46 seats will be kept on reserve for possible future Member States.
The overall size of the European Parliament will decrease from 751 to 705.
This re-allocation will only happen if and when the UK actually leaves the European Union.
The graphic below shows how many seats each Member State will gain:
The graphic below shows the effect on the size of the political groups in the Parliament: