"Because they are Europeans" - Donald Tusk

Following a campaign by New Europeans and others, the European Union has emphasised once again that there must be European elections in the UK if Britain is still a member state on 23 May.

In his speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 27 March, Donald Tusk said this:

"And here, let me make one personal remark to the Members of this Parliament. Before the European Council, I said that we should be open to a long extension if the UK wishes to rethink its Brexit strategy, which would of course mean the UK's participation in the European Parliament elections.

And then there were voices saying that this would be harmful or inconvenient to some of you.

Let me be clear: such thinking is unacceptable.

You cannot betray the six million people who signed the petition to revoke Article 50, the one million people who marched for a People's Vote, or the increasing majority of people who want to remain in the European Union.

They may feel that they are not sufficiently represented by the UK Parliament, but they must feel that they are represented by you in this chamber. Because they are Europeans."

Read the full statement here

In fact, Theresa May agreed on 27 June last year that the UK will participate in EU elections if the UK is still a member state at the time.

See in particular Article 3(2) of this unanimous EUCouncil summit decision

EU Council summit decision

New Europeans will continue to campaign for EU elections to be held in the UK until the Government has actually passed the legislation to allow the elections to take place.

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