Lucia G. Sciannella

The European Parliament in post-Brexit. Distribution of seats, malapportionment and the principle of representativeness

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Keywords: Brexit, European Parliament, composition, degressive proportionality.

This article discusses the representative function of the European Parliament and the concept of division of seats. The terms of rules are associated to the principle of digressive proportionality, and is associated with large differences in the population of the European Union countries. Indeed, the concept of digressive proportionality entails serious practical problems. The European Parliament is a highly unequal parliament: large countries are underrepresented while small countries are overrepresented. The United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union offers a political opportunity to reform the allocation of seats to member States.

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