Brexit strikes again

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Submitted: May 23, 2019

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Submitted: May 23, 2019



Before you start reading this, in case you live in the Netherlands or the UK and haven't voted yet, go do that. You still have a few hours, right? In case you live somewhere else in the EU, go vote this week if you haven't yet.

Back to the point. It's been a while since I personally have seen any Brexit news in the Finnish media get much coverage. I'm sue there are reasons, as we have our own politics in the middle of a clusterfuck, and so is the rest of the world, it seems. But just today when I was reading the paper, I read about Theresa May most likely informing about her resign tomorrow, on Friday. If she does, well, that's too bad because could the British just get this shit done properly?

Just a while ago, my friend who is studying in London, told about the probelm she's facing right now. Apparently other EU citizens that are living in the UK, are being denied the right to vote. I'm sure that's not really anyone's fault, but then again, it is. I doubt the British government wants to stop other EU citizens from voting, but apparently it's an issue in some areas. Due to Brexit.

In my opinion, it's almost ridiculous the Brits are even holding this election. They have 73 MEPs, which is a lot. The UK was supposed to leave the Union two months ago, but now they didn't, and they will have people in the European Parliament. Great, but if they leave during the next five years, the 73 people should be kicked out, because they're not in the EU anymore. 

If the UK leaves before the parliament gets together and starts their term, good. That will make it a lot easier, than if they leave, let's say, in three years. If they leave in the middle of the five-year term, they create a hole in the system. Almost 10% of the EU Parliament just leaving is going to make the relations between the several parties in the Parliament. As some countries get more MEPs in this case, for example, Finland gets one more, which would mean we would have 14 instead of the 13 we have right now, that would mix up the parties even more.

This is an extreme example, and not very realistic, but bear with me. Let's say all the 73 British MEPs are in the EPP, which is currently the largest party in the Parliament. Let's say that EPP has 200 MEPs as a result of these elections, 73 of them leaving. That's over one third of the party just leaving. Let's say the second largest party is the S&D, like they are now. They have 150 MEPs, as an example. It will become the largest party when the EPP will only have 126 MEPs. 

From the same example, let's look at the new MEPs. If the UK leaves, that would mean there would be 678 MEPs, but that's not true. If they leave, some countries get more MEPs, and there would be a total of 705, meaning 27 new places. Let's say all those 27 new spots are (unrealistically, again) going to be of the same party. Let's say that party is the Greens-EFA, which will most likely get some new MEPs because of the environmental questions. Let's say they have a hundred MEPs, and all the 27 added. This would mean that the Greens-EFA had 127 MEPs, which is one more than the EPP. 

This is a radical example, because I wanted to keep it simple, but if you get the idea, awesome. The UK leaving could weaken certain parties and strengthen others. We know more tomorrow, once the UK elections are done. We will know even more on Monday, when all countries are done. The main point is that the UK leaving in the middle of the term could mix the Parliament's dynamics and politics crucially. Laws could be accepted more reluctantly, because when they are discussed versus when they are actually voted on and passed, different parties could have different power dynamics. 

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