The Reallocation of the UK’s European Parliament Seats: A Brexit Dividend for Ireland?

IIEA7th August 20181min
This briefing analyses the redistribution of the UK’s European Parliament seats and shows that, proportionally, Ireland will gain most from this reallocation.

As the United Kingdom prepares for life outside of the EU after March 2019, the European Union is looking to 2019 as a starting point for the reform and consolidation of its institutions. Brexit is foreseen to have a significant negative effect on the Irish economy, and promises by Brexit-supporting MPs in the UK of a ‘Brexit dividend’ for their country have been broadly dismissed. However, if the UK ceases to be a member of the European Union on 29 March 2019, as it intends to do, there will be at least one consolatory, albeit slight, dividend for Ireland: an increase in seats in the European Parliament.  

This briefing analyses the redistribution of the UK’s European Parliament seats and shows that, proportionally, Ireland will gain most from this reallocation.

This briefing is available to download here.