2019 European Parliament election in Gibraltar
The British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar was a part of the European Parliament constituency combined region of South West England. Elections were held in Gibraltar on 23 May 2019 as part of the EU-wide elections after the date of EU withdrawal was delayed by the UK Government.
contributes towards 6 seats to the European Parliament
Gibraltar's European Union Withdrawal Act was passed in March 2019 with the support of the governing GSLP–Liberal coalition and an independent MP. The opposition Gibraltar Social Democrats originally did not intend to support the bill but later voted for it, but against parts of the legislation.
According to the Gibraltar newspaper Panorama, there had been a rise in Euroscepticism in Gibraltar since Spain was given a veto by the EU over Gibraltar's participation in the withdrawal agreement.
Candidates from the Brexit Party, Liberal Democrats, English Democrats and UKIP visited Gibraltar to campaign in the elections. The Liberal Democrat lead candidate for the constituency accepted that there was "anger and frustration" with regards to the EU's actions towards Gibraltar after the referendum result, but stated that she felt the party's anti-Brexit message was being received well.
Brexit Party candidate, James Glancy expressed concerns over the ramifications for Gibraltar of European federalisation, the Common Security and Defence Policy and influence of Spanish politicians in the EU in the event that Brexit does not happen.
|Party||Votes won||Vote share (%)||Change (%)|
|Liberal Democrats || 7,220 || 77.4 || +10.2|
|Brexit Party || 746 || 8.0 || New|
|Green || 467 || 5.0 || +3.8|
|Labour || 411 || 4.4 || -4.8|
|Conservative || 256|| 2.7 || -14.5|
|UKIP || 84 || 0.9 || -3.1|
|Change UK || 77 || 0.8 || New|
|English Democrat || 59 || 0.6 || +0.3|
|Independent - Mothiur Rahman || 5 || 0.1 || New|
|Independent - Larch Maxey || 3 || || New|
|Independent - Neville Seed || 3 || || New|
The result was a win for the Liberal Democrats, reflecting "clearly pro-EU and pro Remain" sentiment and with the Brexit Party taking second place, which "reflects not just frustration with the stagnated Brexit process, but also anger at the way the EU has backed Spain during the withdrawal negotiations", according to the Gibraltar Chronicle.
- "Gibraltar prepares for EU elections as May seeks extension to Brexit deadline". 6 April 2019.
- "Govt to pass Brexit bill without GSD support". Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporation. 30 January 2019.
- "Brexit withdrawal legislation passed after bitter exchanges in Parliament". Gibraltar Chronicle. 20 March 2019. Retrieved 19 April 2019.[permanent dead link]
- Picardo, Fabian [@fabianpicardo] (24 November 2018). "The clearest, firmest support EVER by a British Prime Minister iro #Gibraltar by @theresa_may. Also the most timely. Mrs May has fully supported us, our British sovereignty & our economy. She has never let us down! Her #WithdrawalAgreement works for us! @10DowningStreet" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- "Government has chosen to accept a bad deal which protects frontier workers but not our residents permanently". Gibraltar Social Democrats. 26 March 2019.
- Olivero, Leo (23 May 2019). "EU Election Day: What's Really in it For Us?". Panorama. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
- GBC News (17 May 2019). "Voters turning to Lib Dems for leave vote, says Lead Candidate" – via YouTube.
- GBC News (16 May 2019). "Brexit Party vows to take on and represent Gibraltar's interests in Europe" – via YouTube.
- "European Election". Gibraltar Parliament. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
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