Generation Brexit Study Guide: European Parliamentary Elections

This  is a guide to the  European Union's Parliamentary Elections 2019. It is relevant for students taking  AS /A  LEVEL POLITICS, SOCIOLOGY AND MEDIA STUDIES.

Conservative Leaflet 2019

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Labour Leaflet 2019

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Change UK Leaflet

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Brexit Party Leaflet

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LibDem Leaflet

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EUROPEAN PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS 2019: WHAT DO THEY MEAN FOR BREXIT?

Learning Outcomes

In this study guide, you will learn more about the EUROPEAN PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS 2019  and BREXIT. 

  • What is  the European Parliament? Who does it represent? What does it do?
  • How do European Parliamentary Elections work?
  • Would it matter if more people voted in the European Parliamentary Elections?
  • What is tactical voting and what are its limitations?
  • How could the outcome of the European Parliamentary elections shape Brexit?

The activities are intended to help you  deepen your understanding of these issues. They will also support the development of those critical thinking skills that you will be expected to demonstrate in your A / AS Level Exams, and at university. 

If you are a STUDENT you will find these  activities useful as part of your self guided study or exam preparation. 

If you are a TEACHER you may wish to incorporate these activities into your lesson plans either  as individual OR small group activities. 

 

ALL CONTENT INCLUDED IN THIS STUDY GUIDE HAS BEEN COMPILED BY THE GENERATION BREXIT PROJECT TEAM UNDER THE DIRECTION OF DR JENNIFER JACKSON-PREECE, DEPUTY HEAD OF THE EUROPEAN INSTITUTE, LSE. 

Activity One

Activity One 

In this task, you are asked to EXPLORE some of the resources included in the study guide (the LSE BREXIT BLOGS,).  You should then consider  the following questions. Be prepared to cite EVIDENCE from the resources in support of your position.

  1. What does the European Parliament actually do? 
  2. Are EU elections as important as national elections, why or why not?
  3. Why did the UK participate in the 2019 European Parliamentary elections? 

 

 

Activity Two

 Activity  One

In this task, you are asked to  compare UK campaign materials from the  1975 European Parliamentary Elections (see the link to the LSE Brexit blog post) and the 2019 Parliamentary elections. You may also find it useful to refer back to the

 Activity questions:

  1. Are the images used in 2019  similar to those used in 1975? 
  2. Are the words used in 2019 similar to those used in 1975?
  3. If you were reading the campaign materials during the  1975 and 2019  European parliamentary elections, which representation would you have found most convincing and why?
  4. Are the most significant differences in 2019 party political (Conservative, Labour etc.) or are they those of the 2016 referendum, i.e., Leave Vs Remain?  To answer this question you may also wish to compare the 2019 European Parliamentary leaflets to the 2016 Brexit referendum leaflets (see the media representation and Brexit study guide). 

Do you have an IDEA to share?

Generation Brexit has one purpose: it gives young people across the UK and the EU a voice in the Brexit negotiations. By taking part in this policy making project you can shape the future of UK-EU relations post-Brexit. The best ideas will be turned into policy proposals sent to the UK and EU parliaments. 

Generation Brexit is also offering an exciting opportunity for Sixth Form students to intern with an LSE crowdsourcing project as a PLATFORM FACILITATOR responsible for encouraging constructive engagement with Brexit related issues amongst platform users.

 Each PLATFORM FACILITATOR will be expected to spend half an hour on the platform each week for a period of four weeks, and earn 100 participation points on the platform. These participation points can be earned by voting or commenting on other people’s ideas, responding to surveys or posting your own ideas. PLATFORM FACILITATORS who fulfil these requirements will receive a certificate  from the LSE to highlight their contribution to the project.

 This is a great opportunity to participate in the Brexit debate and gain valuable experience that you can include in your UCAS personal statement. For more information contact brexit@lse.ac.uk

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LSE Blog Tactical Voting

LSE Blog Would it matter if more people voted?

LSE Blog 1975 European Parliamentary Election Leaflets

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