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Statutory Instruments

2018 No. 107

Representation Of The People

The European Parliamentary Elections Act 2002 (Amendment) Regulations 2018

Made

25th January 2018

Coming into force in accordance with regulation 1(2)

The Minister for the Cabinet Office, being a Minister designated(1) for the purposes of section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972(2) in relation to the European Parliament, makes the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by that section and sections 12(1) and 13(3)(a) and (4) of the European Parliament (Representation) Act 2003(3).

In accordance with section 12(5) of the European Parliament (Representation) Act 2003, the Minister for the Cabinet Office has consulted the Electoral Commission about these Regulations.

In accordance with paragraph 2(2) of Schedule 2 to the European Communities Act 1972 and section 13(5) of the European Parliament (Representation) Act 2003, a draft of these Regulations has been laid before and approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.

Citation, commencement and extent

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the European Parliamentary Elections Act 2002 (Amendment) Regulations 2018.

(2) These Regulations come into force on the day after the day on which they are made.

(3) These Regulations extend to the whole of the United Kingdom and Gibraltar.

Amendment of the European Parliamentary Elections Act 2002

2.—(1) Section 5 of the European Parliamentary Elections Act 2002 (filling vacant seats)(4) is amended as follows.

(2) After subsection (3) insert—

(3A) As regards a seat for an electoral region other than Northern Ireland, the regulations may, in specified circumstances, require it to be filled as follows—

(a)where the previous MEP filled the seat from a party’s list of candidates (whether at a general election of MEPs or under regulations made under subsection (2)(b)), by a person nominated by the nominating officer of that party;

(b)where the previous MEP stood on behalf of a registered party when elected (or most recently elected) at a by-election, by a person nominated by the nominating officer of that party;

(c)where the previous MEP stood on behalf of two or more registered parties when elected (or most recently elected) at a by-election, by a person jointly nominated by the nominating officers of those parties;

(d)where none of paragraphs (a), (b) or (c) apply but the previous MEP gave a notice in accordance with regulations under this Act naming one or more persons as substitutes, by a person so named;

(e)where the previous MEP was nominated to the seat by the nominating officer of a registered party in accordance with provision made under paragraph (a) or (b), by a further person so nominated;

(f)where the previous MEP was jointly nominated to the seat by the nominating officers of two or more registered parties in accordance with provision made under paragraph (c), by a further person so nominated.

(3B) Regulations containing provision made under subsection (3A) may specify that the provision has effect in relation to any seat that is vacant at the time the provision comes into force and in respect of which a notice of a by-election has not been published at that time..

(3) For subsection (5), substitute—

(5) In this section—

“nominating officer”, in relation to a registered party, means the person registered in the relevant register as its nominating officer;

“the previous MEP”, in relation to a vacancy in the seat of an MEP, means the person who was the MEP immediately before the vacancy arose;

“registered party” means a party registered under Part 2 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000(5);

“relevant register”, in relation to a registered party, means whichever of the Great Britain register or the Northern Ireland register (in each case within the meaning of that Act) the party is registered in..

Amendment of the European Parliamentary Elections Regulations 2004

3.  In regulation 2 of the European Parliamentary Elections Regulations 2004(6) (interpretation) omit the defined terms—

(a)“nominating officer”;

(b)“registered party”.

Chloe Smith

Minister for the Constitution

Cabinet Office

25th January 2018

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations amend the European Parliamentary Elections Act 2002 (c.24) to enable regulations to make provision for vacant seats in Great Britain and Gibraltar to be filled in additional ways in certain circumstances.

Regulation 2(2) inserts subsections (3A) and (3B) into section 5 of the European Parliamentary Elections Act 2002. Subsection (3A) provides that, where the vacant seat was last filled from the party’s list or where the previous MEP stood on behalf of a registered party at a by-election, provision may be made allowing the vacancy to be filled by a person nominated by the nominating officer of that party. Where the previous MEP stood on behalf of two or more parties at a by-election, provision may be made allowing the nominating officers of those parties to jointly nominate a person to fill the vacancy. Where the previous MEP was not a member of a registered party when returned in a vacant seat, regulations may provide for a person named in a list of substitutes given by the MEP to fill the vacancy. Further provision is made to allow a seat vacated by an MEP who was returned in the seat by nomination to be subsequently filled by nomination.

The inserted subsection (3B) provides that provision in regulations under subsection (3A) may apply to any seat that is vacant at the time that the regulations come into force, provided that a notice of a by-election has not been published at that time.

Regulation 3 makes changes to the European Parliamentary Elections Regulations 2004 (S.I. 2004/293) consequential upon the amendments made in regulation 2 of this instrument.

An impact assessment has not been produced for this instrument as no impact on the private or voluntary sectors is foreseen.

(2)

1972 c.68. Section 2(2) was amended by section 27 of the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006 (c.51) and by section 3 of, and Part I of the Schedule to, the European Union (Amendment) Act 2008 (c.7).

(3)

2003 c.7 (“the 2003 Act”). Section 12 was amended by S.I. 2003/1887, there are other amending instruments but none is relevant. The functions of the Secretary of State under the 2003 Act were made exercisable concurrently with the Lord President of the Council by the Lord President of the Council Order 2010 (S.I. 2010/1837). The Lord President of the Council’s functions were transferred to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Order 2015 (S.I. 2015/1376); and were subsequently transferred to the Minister for the Cabinet Office by the Transfer of Functions (Elections, Referendums, Third Sector and Information) Order 2016 (S.I. 2016/997).

(4)

2002 c.24. Section 5 was amended by section 26 of the Political Parties and Elections Act 2009 (c.12).

(5)

2000 c.41. Section 22 requires parties to be registered in order to be able to field candidates at elections, section 28 makes provision for a party to apply to be registered. Section 22 was amended by section 52 of the Electoral Administration Act 2006 (c.22), Schedule 1 of the Fixed Term Parliaments Act 2011 (c.14) and S.I. 2012/1917.

(6)

S.I. 2004/293, to which there are amendments not relevant to these Regulations.

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