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.[1] 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.[2]

2019 European Parliament election in Gibraltar

 2014 23 May 2019

contributes towards 6 seats to the European Parliament
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Vince Cable Nigel Farage Jonathan Bartley and Siân Berry
Party Liberal Democrats Brexit Party Green
Alliance Liberal
Leader since 20 July 2017 22 March 2019 4 September 2018
Last election 67.2% New party 1.2%
Popular vote 7,220 746 467
Percentage 77.4% 8.0% 5.0%
Swing 10.2% 8.0% 3.8%

  Fourth party Fifth party
 
Leader Jeremy Corbyn Theresa May
Party Labour Conservative
Alliance Socialist Labour Social Democrats
Leader since 12 September 2015 13 July 2016
Last election 9.2% 17.2%
Popular vote 411 256
Percentage 4.4% 2.7%
Swing 4.8% 14.5%

Background


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.[3][4]

The withdrawal agreement is supported by the governing GSLP-Liberal coalition,[5] but opposed by the opposition Gibraltar Social Democrats.[6]

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.[7]

Campaign


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.[8]

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.[9]

Result


PartyVotes won[10]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.[11]

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