European Parliamentary Elections Act 2002

The European Parliamentary Elections Act 2002 (c.24) was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom governing elections to the European Parliament.

European Parliamentary Elections Act 2002
Act of Parliament
Long titleAn Act to consolidate the European Parliamentary Elections Acts 1978, 1993 and 1999.
Citation2002 c.24
Territorial extentUnited Kingdom
Royal assent24 July 2002
Repealed4 July 2018
Other legislation
RepealsEuropean Parliamentary Elections Act 1999
Repealed byEuropean Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018
Status: Repealed
Text of statute as originally enacted
Revised text of statute as amended

The Act divided the United Kingdom into various regions to which were allocated a number of seats. England was divided into nine regions with a total of 71 seats, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland were divided into a single region each, with 8, 5 and 3 seats respectively and for the first time allowed the participation of Gibraltar which was placed within the South West England constituency for the purpose of the elections.

The Act was repealed by the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 on 31 January 2020 with the 2019 European Parliament election being the last to be held under the former legislation.

2011 AV and 2016 EU referendums

The legal provisions for the appointment of "Regional returning officers" and also the twelve European Parliamentary Regional constituencies areas of the United Kingdom under this Act were also used under the titles of "Regional counting officers" and "Regional count areas" in the legislation enacted for the holding of both the 2011 AV Referendum under the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011 and the 2016 EU Referendum under the European Union Referendum Act 2015.


As a result of the referendum on the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union on 23 June 2016, the act was repealed by the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018,[1] however initially it was only partially repealed and was not fully repealed until 31 January 2020 when the United Kingdom formally left the European Union.[2]

See also


  1. "European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018". Schedule 9, Act No. 16 of 2018. Retrieved 1 August 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (Commencement and Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2018.