A Brit's Guide to the EU Elections
In about a month and a half, all European citizens will be able to elect unelected bureaucrats in the European Parliament elections. Despite the UK trying to leave the EU for the past 2 years, 9 months and 22 days, this will likely include Brits – as if this EU thing wasn’t confusing enough!
So, with Brexit still pending, here is a handy guide to the European elections for Brits.
What is the EU?
What on earth is the European Parliament?
Only 35% of Brits votes in European elections, so you’re not alone in asking! The people who do vote are mostly hippies or “not racist, but”. If you’re neither, you probably never bothered anyway.
The European Parliament are a bunch of elected bureaucrats voting on laws made by the European Commission (the unelected bureaucrats). Laws include: allowing you to roam freely in Europe without paying millions for your phone bill, making sure Google and Facebook don’t steal all your data without asking nicely and banning you from handling a salmon suspiciously. Wait, that last one is British:
Should I vote in these elections?
This is a tricky one. No one really knows whether your vote will mean anything in the end. Then again, did it ever?
If Theresa May continues her tradition of postponing Brexit, like she has her resignation, there will be many more EU elections for Britain. So yes you should vote.
There is even a good chance the UK will be out of the EU in the next couple of months, in which case, you will have voted for 73 politicians in a parliament that has nothing to do with you. Extremely undemocratic, granted, but it’s good banter.
Who Should I Vote For?
If you’re “not racist, but” there are two parties to choose from. Vote UKIP, and fight the political elites by electing the biggest British party in the European Parliament. But, be warned. UKIP, always standing as they can’t get a seat in Westminster, will be confronted by some serious identity issues if they face life beyond Brexit.
The other option; Nigel Farage’s ‘The Brexit Party’. Its logo is an arrow pointing to the far right, so there will be none of that UKIP confusion.
Nigel wants to fight career politicians, so after 26 years in politics, he decided to break away from the political party he founded and start a new one. This will keep Nigel off the streets, out of the UK and in the EU.
If you’re a hippie it depends on what sort. Champagne socialists from West London head over straight to the Lib Dems, and swipe your MyWaitrose card on the way out. They will probably not get much done, but on the upside, they’ll keep you company when you’re applying for your second passport.
But, if you are serious about your home-grown leaf tea you really should vote Green (they’ve got three times as many seats in the European Parliament as in the British one – a grand total of 3). This way all 3 of Europe’s polar bears are in safe hands, and the world will be saved one tote bag at a time.