For general information on the European Parliament, click here, this page is about the UK’s representation and influence within the European Parliament.

The UK has 73 of the 751 seats within the European Parliament, which means 73 MEPs were elected by the UK in 2014 — or 9.72% of the total MEPs elected. This percentage is reflected within voting rights in other parts of the EU.

There are two ways in which the UK’s representation in the European Parliament can be assessed, as mentioned above, we have 9.72% of the seats in Parliament, whereas we represent 1/28 of the countries, so as a percentage, the UK is 3.57% of the EU’s member states — meaning that in terms of total member states, the UK is overrepresented in the parliament, having nearly three times the amount of seats a simple equal division would entitle it to (which would be about 26 seats). 

The other way to look at the representation takes into account the populations of the member states, which is what’s used to assign seats to their countries. When we look at it this way, the UK has a population of 64.7 million of the EU’s total 508.2 million, or 12.7% of the EU population — this would mean that the UK only has about 3/4 of the seats to which its population would entitle it. This difference is caused by the laws of the parliament, which means that the fewest seats a country can have is 5, regardless of the population so as to give each country some notable level of representation (the maximum is set at 96).

But who sits in the UK’s seats? The current make up of the Parliament was decided on May 22, 2014, and each of the British parties elected sit with a larger group within the Parliament, which are better explained on the European Parliament page and they allow national parties with similar political views to coordinate better.

UK Party


European Parliament Group



No UK Representation



European People’s Party



Labour Party



Socialists and Democrats



Conservative Party



European Conservatives and Reformists



Ulster Unionist Party



Liberal Democrats



Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe



Sinn Féin



European United Left – Nordic Green Left



Green Party of England and Wales



The Greens – European Free Alliance



Scottish National Party



Plaid Cymru



UK Independence Party



Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy



Janice Atkinson (Independent, formerly Ukip)



Europe of Nations and Freedom



Democratic Unionist Party





After the Conservative Party left the European Peoples’ Party in 2009, a move which arguably reduced the UK’s influence in the parliament, as there is now no British representation in the largest grouping.

In addition to the standard MEPs and their staff, the UK is also represented in the European Parliament through the European Parliament Department of the UK Representation to the European Union at the British Embassy in Brussels — this allows for British interests to be represented to all MEPs and their staff, regardless of nationality.