I think there are 73 UK MEP’s. Is Brexit in their interests? What will happen to them?
Thank you for your post. The 73 UK MEPs will lose their seats. There will no longer be any UK representation in the European Parliament.
UK MEPs are paid out of the EU budget. So there will be no direct saving to the UK taxpayer when the UK MEPs leave – but of course the UK currently pays its share of the EU budget.
UK MEPs who lose their seats are entitled to a payment of one month’s salary for each year they have served, up to a maximum of 24 months.
It is not yet clear who will meet these ‘soft landing’ payments for the departing UK MEPs – the UK government or the EU?
I hope this answers some of you’re question but I am sure other members may have their own thoughts.
Great avatar by the way – lovely picture
Thanks BD Steve for your comprehensive reply. Some of these UK MEPs are in for some hefty ‘soft landing’ payments after brexit.
I think the MEP’s will be more fortunate than others if we do not get some structured agreements in place. Even in the event of a no deal I and a few of the team have been discussing the need for some form of compensatory scheme which assists people that suffer hardship as a result of the changes whatever they may be. I’m not advocating any blame culture but there is the potential for some discussion of the impact on small businesses both here and across the EU.