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What happens to the UK’s seats in the European Parliament after Brexit?

British departure has set in motion an altogether different round of negotiations on the continent

By Simon Usherwood  

Photo: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

Among the plethora of changes that the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union will bring, it’s sometimes easy to forget that some of those changes will concern the EU itself. Unlike the Council, where the UK is simply removed from the room, the question of what happens to British seats in the European Parliament is proving rather fraught.

At present, the UK has 73 seats, one of the largest national blocs—outsized by only Germany and France. The allocation of seats roughly follows a principle of…

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