Yesterday was a long night on both sides of the Channel. With the final results of UK general elections imminent, the option of a popular referendum on the UK’s EU membership is likely to soon become a reality.
Against this backdrop, FleishmanHillard is examining what an exit might hypothetically mean for the institutional set-up in Brussels – starting with the EP. Have a look at the implications for Parliament in our in-depth analysis posted here.
With 73 British MEPs currently in the European Parliament, a UK exit would significantly disrupt current political group dynamics and impact policy choices. Important questions would be raised over the impact on parliamentary group dynamics and changes to current coalition formations.
Additional headline implications of a UK exit
- The Grand Coalition of the EPP and S&D would become more fragile, with a possible return to the traditional left v. right alliances
- With the EFDD no longer a viable group, Marine Le Pen’s Front National delegation might give the formation of a new Eurosceptic group another try.
- The S&D’s centre of gravity might move further towards the left, without its 20 MEP strong Labour delegation.
- Any UK exit would likely necessitate a widespread reallocation of senior EP positions
- Larger Member States might not push for a reallocation of vacated seats
We hope you find this analytical insight interesting, and we will follow up with an analysis of a UK exit on the Council’s political dynamics in the coming days.
The Institutional Research Unit