The European Parliament (EP) seats will shrink from 751 to 705 when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union next year, according to a resolution adopted by the EP Wednesday.
Approved by 566 in favour and 94 against the resolution noted that the proposed re-distribution of seats will also place 46 of the 73 seats, to be freed up by the departure of the UK, in a reserve.
Some or all of the 46 seats in the reserve can then be allocated to new countries joining the EU or remain empty, thus reducing the size of Parliament. The remaining 27 seats will be re-distributed among the 14 EU countries that are slightly under-represented.
The resolution also stressed that the new allocation will apply only if the United Kingdom leaves the EU. Otherwise, the current arrangements would stay in place until Brexit has been legally completed.
The new composition of the EP will still require a formal green light from EU leaders at the summit in Brussels on 28-29 June. The decision will enter into force on the day following that of its publication in the EU Official Journal.
Source: Kuwait News Agency