Today, London and the rest of the UK will go to the polls to take part in one of the most unprecedented vote in European Parliament’s history, and elect members to a parliament we were supposed to have left back in March.
Since that first vote to delay Brexit, questions turned to wether the UK will have to run in European Elections. Despite attempts by Theresa May and her government to leave the EU in time, it almost seemed inevitable that the UK would have to take part in this controversial and divisive vote.
Londoners are on the forefront of many European issues from migration to climate change, from youth unemployment to data privacy, and given the tenuous relationship between the UK and EU, voting is this election is important for whatever relationship we may have with Europe in the future.
So, how do you vote?
If you’re registered to vote, you would have been sent a polling card – on this, it will say which polling station you must go to to cast your vote. They will be open from 7am to 10pm.
We made a handy guide telling everything you need to know about voting in the elections.
Regardless of party politics and Brexit rhetoric, these elections do matter, wether we are a part of the EU or not. Europe’s stance on the environment, migration and trade will be shaped in these elections, and the ramifications are likely to be felt here just as much as on the continent.
It doesn’t matter too much who you vote for; more that you do actually cast a vote.
So please, take time to have your say.