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Does this mean that the candidate who comes 4th. in the Dublin constituency doesn't win a seat while the UK s still a member but can take a seat automatically the moment the UK leaves? It could have an impact on how many candidates a party might nominate. -e.g. FG might go for 2 seats if Dublin remains a 4 seater but run just one candidate if Dublin reverts to 3 seats.
Index of Frank's Diaries
The Ireland South Constituency is also being increased from 4 to 5, but Laois and Offaly are being added to it to compensate for the lack of increase in the number of seats in the midlands-north-west constituency. So what constituencies are used if the UK is still officially a member, and how do you decide who else would have been elected if the number of seats had been increased?
In practice, two bye elections in Dublin and the South would be required to elect two additional MEPs if the UK leaves. But the dynamics of a single seat bye election are very different from a four/five seat general. Also would the bye-election include Laois Offaly in the South when they would already have voted for candidates in the midlands-north-west constituency?
Index of Frank's Diaries
Yes, I suspect so. That was exactly how the "shadow MEPs" of 2009 were elected. Until the ratification process for the Lisbon treaty was done, they stayed in limbo, elected but not seated.
Though I would suspect that while France's problems are EU's problems, there is a distinct risk that Ireland's problems are Ireland's.
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