Brexit could see Portugal ending up with less MEPs

A report in Portugal’s Jornal i suggested this week that Brexit could see ‘medium countries like Portugal’ losing representation in the European Parliament. Numbers mooted hint at the number of MEPs could drop from the current 25 to just 21. Decisions have to be made by October, says the paper, quoting Bloco de Esquerda MEP Marisa Matias explaining the implications are a form of “funneling democracy”.

She told the paper that small and medium sized countries have already suffered a lot as a result of the Lisbon Treaty, signed on former Socialist prime minister José Sócrates’ watch in 2007 – and that as a result current PM “António Costa is worth seven times less on the European Council than Angela Merkel”.