Delay fears grow as parties prepare to fight the European elections (Image: GETTY)
A 23-page booklet has been made available to political parties by the Electoral Commission, according to the Sunday Telegraph. The document which is for parties hoping to stand as candidates stated "on 23 May 2019 voters in the United Kingdom will cast their ballot to elect 73 Members of the European Parliament." In light of these elections, former Ukip leader Nigel Farage is likely to return to politics with his new Brexit party. The regulator has also set aside £686,000 for 2019/20 to fight the elections on May 23.
Tory MEPs have been asked whether they will stand in the elections if there is an extension to Article 50.
The EU and Theresa May have both confirmed any extension to Brexit would mean Britain having to run the elections in May.
Mrs May will ask the EU for a shorter extension if her deal is supported in a vote next week at an EU summit on Thursday.
The Electoral Commission’s chief executive Bob Posner said £686,000 has been set aside but this still needs to be approved by a Commons committee chaired by John Bercow.
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