Referendum Watch: The UK Delegation to the EU

By Joe Young - Politics Editor

The European Union has seven institutions, as set out by the Treaty of Lisbon. But who represents the UK in each? Read on to find out!

#1 – European Parliament

Map of UK MEPs in the appropriate party block
Map of UK MEPs in the appropriate party block

The UK is represented by 73 Members of the European Parliament; 24 from UKIP, 20 from Labour, 19 from the Conservative Party, 3 from the Green Party, 2 from the Scottish National Party, and one a piece from Sinn Féin, Plaid Cymru, the Liberal Democrats, the Democratic Unionist Party, and the Ulster Unionist Party. On the map above, it doesn’t look a lot, but the UK is allocated almost a tenth of the MEPs (73 out of 751).

#2 – European Council

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron

The European Council is made up of Heads of State and Heads of Government from Member States. The United Kingdom sends Prime Minister David Cameron to sit on the European Council.

#3 – Council of the European Union

UK Cabinet as of May 2016
UK Cabinet as of May 2016

This is the most difficult to say as it will depend on the configuration of the Council of the EU currently being used. In the widest possible terms, it will be one of the above people, depending on who is appropriate to the configuration. To read more about the Council of the EU and the configurations, click here.

#4 – European Commission

European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union Jonathan Hill
European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union Jonathan Hill

To the European Commission, we send Jonathan Hill, Baron Hill of Oadeford, Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and the Capital Markets Union.

#5 – Court of Justice of the European Union

The CJEU is split into three different branches – the European Court of Justice, the General Court, and the Civil Service Tribunal.

Christopher Vadja QC
Christopher Vadja QC

To the highest, the European Court of Justice, we send Christopher Vadja QC.

Ian Stewart Forrester QC
Ian Stewart Forrester QC

To the General Court, we sent Ian Stewart Forrester QC.

The Civil Service Tribunal only consists of seven members; the UK does not have a member sat on it.

#6 – European Central Bank

DAVOS/SWITZERLAND, 30JAN10 - Mark J. Carney, Governor of the Bank of Canada captured in the session 'Financial Risk Management 2.0?' of the Annual Meeting 2010 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 30, 2010. Copyright by World Economic Forum swiss-image.ch/Photo by Sebastian Derungs
Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England

To the General Council of the European Central Bank, we send Bank of England Governor Mark Carney. As the United Kingdom isn’t a member of the Eurozone, Carney is the only representation the UK has within the ECB.

#7 – European Court of Auditors

UK Representative to the European Court of Auditors Phil Wynn Owen
UK Representative to the European Court of Auditors Phil Wynn Owen

To the European Court of Auditors, we send Phil Wynn Owen. The structure of the ECA means that each Member State sends one member to the Court. He sits in Chamber II of the ECA.


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About Joe Young 316 Articles
Joe Young has been involved with student media for a very long time now, holding posts within The Pulse, and Pulse Radio, as well as the predecessor of The Pulse, Pluto. He is currently Politics Editor of The Pulse, and Head of News of Pulse Radio. In 2016, he won the Media Award for Best Article for his coverage of the Fishergate Shopping Centre bomb scare.

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