European Union elections: Here’s where Isle of Wight parties stand

Given the new Brexit deadline means it looks likely the UK will be taking part in the European elections for MEPs, here’s where the Island parties stand.

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The new 31st October deadline for Brexit comes with the condition that the UK take part in the 23rd May European MEP elections (or leave by 1st June).

As reported last month, at least one party has already prepared for the eventuality of an EU MEP election and started their selections for candidates.

At the time OnTheWight contacted the Isle of Wight branches of the Conservative Party, Green Party, Labour Party, Liberal Democrats and UKIP. Below are their responses.

Island Conservatives
David Pugh said on behalf of the Island Conservatives,

“Any preparations would take place at a national and regional level.”

Island Greens
Green Party Parliamentary candidate for the Isle of Wight, Vix Lowthion, was shortlisted as an MEP candidate in March and the results should be announced fairly soon. 22 shortlisted candidates have been battling it out for ten places.

Island Labour
Julian Critchley, Island Labour’s spokesperson, told OnTheWight,

“The  NEC have agreed the process for selecting Labour candidates for the Euro elections. They’d been working on the basis that this wouldn’t be necessary due to Brexit, but obviously things have changed, so selections will now go ahead.”

IW LibDems
Nick Stuart from the IW Liberal Democrats told OnTheWight he was looking into the process and would get back to us.

UKIP IW
Daryll Pitcher from UKIP Isle of Wight said,

“Like all political parties UKIP is aware of the potential for EU elections. Obviously we would prefer that the UK is out of the EU by the time those elections are due. However, given the state of the Conservatives it would come as no surprise if Theresa May sold the country down the river and we ended up with a long extension to Article 50, thereby necessitating EU elections.

“Should these elections happen UKIP will fight them, and we will fight to win them as we did in 2014.

“I am not at liberty to tell you where we are with preparations, but what I can say is that they do exist. If we need to fight to save Brexit, we will be ready.”

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Friday, 12th April, 2019 12:29pm

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Robert Jones
Is that ribbon-less typewriter symbolic in some way? Could it be the machine on which the government plans to type its further Brexit plans? It’s going to be interesting to see what the public makes of elections to a parliament that we’re supposed to be leaving (at some point); and how the results will be interpreted when they come through. These are weird times indeed – who… Read more »
Rowan
Good point about turnout. That’s one of the things that has always depressed me. Only about two-thirds of people bother to vote even in national elections. In local elections and in European elections only about a third of people bother to vote – and yet almost everybody thinks they have the right to moan about ‘the council’ or about ‘Europe’, even if they can’t be bothered to… Read more »
Eagle eye

Voting should be compulsory but the ballot paper should also have a tick box stating NONE of the above.

Photographic evidence that matches electoral register should be provided before handing over a ballot paper.

It seems getting a result out quickest is more important that getting honest votes and recounts. The whole system needs to be overhauled.

Just my thoughts.

iain mckie

Any vote for any party in this election is an affront to democracy. The UK should have been long gone from the EU by now and to even consider participating in it utterly decries the result of the Referendum. Shame on any party standing candidates

Rowan
Why is it ‘an affront to democracy’? Remember that only a third of voters chose to leave the European Union. Almost as many voted to stay, and another third didn’t vote. Most opinion polls three years later suggest that if we were given a democratic chance again, more people would vote to stay. Either way, we haven’t agreed a deal to leave yet, so in the meantime… Read more »
iain mckie

How many voted for the UK to join in the first place? I think that you will find that only 44.6% of the electorate voted yes in the confirmation vote in 1975.

Mark L Francis

Voting is not an affront to democracy. Cheating & lying are.

Rowan

You can find out how existing UK MEPs have voted here:
https://www.votewatch.eu/en/term8-national-parties.html#/#6/0/2014-07-01/2019-08-01

Geoff Brodie

It would be good to have a Labour Leave option. As it is I will not be voting for the first time in my life.