How many MEPs?
Since 1 July 2014 there have been 751 MEPs in the European Parliament, as laid down in the Lisbon Treaty.
In February 2018 the MEPs voted to reduce the number of seats in the next European elections in May 2019. With the departure of the 73 British members, the MEPs want to see a reduction in the size of the EP from 751 to 705 seats. This reduction would leave room for possible future enlargements of the Union.
The proposal ensures that seats are distributed in an "objective, fair, durable and transparent way". If approved by the European Council, the new distribution of seats should respect the principle of "degressive proportionality", whereby larger member states have less seats than smaller ones in relation to their population; MEPs from larger member states represent more citizens than those from smaller ones. But the change also reflects any change in the number of member states and demographic trends, and respect the overall balance of the institutional system.