- April 18th: European parliamentary session ends.
- May 23rd - May 26th: European Parliamentary Elections
- July 2nd: new European Parliament convenes for first time.
EU members have a legal obligation to hold European Elections.
- It is often said an extension to 1st July could involve a derogation (UK not taking part) as would not be a member when EP convenes
- UK/EU agree extension to May 22nd/June 30th.
- discussion (say May 10th, or June 1st) of further extension, eg 12 months.
- UK now acquires an obligation to hold (unplanned) EP elections. Obvs can't do so on schedule
Unanswered questions. What legal redress re no election? Eg would member be told to schedule own elections?
Could there be legal challenges to an election organised very late (if eg nomination periods, campaign spending rules unworkable)?
What would the legal position be then? What sanction/redress/timeline?
* But would there be a prescriptive time is of the essence requirement to expedite?
* or could a state dawdle? Catch up in 12 months/on next local elections/GE/a referendum day?
If can evade that, Article 50 Groundhog Day risk rises
* the (second) extension (say it was on June 6th) was *unforeseen* as it had not been intended on 22nd March
* that a fair process would take longer, and so to argue they should/could happen later
v.unlikely politically. But this suggests the idea that failure to schedule EP elections *rules out* an A50 extension is unproven.