Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s democratic services officers are laying contingency plans in case the UK does not leave the European Union before the next European elections.

European elections are due to be held between May 23rd and May 26th although, under the plans for Brexit, it had been expected that the UK would no longer be part of the EU by that date.

But delays to Brexit resulting from last week’s votes by MPs mean that local authorities have to begin planning for a possible European election, with polling stations now being provisionally booked.

Euro-elections would be held in the UK on Thursday May 23rd and the Comhairle yesterday (Friday March 15th) made provisional bookings for that date with community buildings which act as polling stations.

A total of 751 MEPs will be elected across 28 member states, unless the UK does withdraw from the European Union by that date, in which case the European Parliament will reduce the number of MEPs to 705.

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