Voting under way in European elections
PUBLISHED: 10:02 23 May 2019
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Six MEPs will be elected to represent the South West, and the successful candidates will be announced following the count on Sunday
Voting is under way in the European elections, almost three years since the electorate voted to leave the European Union and two months after the country was due to exit.
With the country divided on Brexit - whether to leave or remain, or simply on whether to quit with a deal or not - today's elections are likely to have significant repercussions.
With the UK's planned departure from the EU now pushed back until Halloween at the latest, it could be the MEPs chosen today have a very short shelf-life. But how the country votes could have a major impact on what happens in Westminster over the coming weeks and months.
Polling stations opened at 7am this morning and will close at 10pm.
Local verification and counting will be held at East Devon District Council's premises, Blackdown House in Honiton. The count will start at 5.30pm on Sunday, May 26, and the local result will be given after the count and posted on the East Devon website as well as on @eastdevon and facebook/eastdevon
In total, six MEPs will be selected to represent the South West. The UK has 73 of the 751 in total.