Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Lewes, Maria Caulfield, has announced that if re-elected she will be calling for a repeal for the European Parliamentary Elections Act 2002 as soon as possible after Parliament reconvenes. The act currently sets the framework for the European elections of MEPs in the UK and these elections are next due to be held in 2019.
Maria Caulfield says, “ Given we are due to be leaving the EU in 2019 it seems obvious that we need to repeal this act so that the elections are not held as we will no longer have the need for MEPs in this country. This is not only a necessary part of our withdrawal from the EU but it will save the UK Government hundreds of thousands of pounds for the cost of running an unnecessary election.”
There are a number of ways Maria can bring this forward, as quickly as possible, including through a private members bill or a ten minute rule bill and there would be considerable support for this with other parliamentary colleagues.