Latest on a long list of things which I never wanted to know, that Brexit has forced into my already cramped mind is D’Hondt voting.
I studied statistical mathematics, and I had to read about this five times to even get a sense of how it works, so I suggest watching Jeremy Vine, who explains how the D’Hondt system of proportional representation works in this video — then read about what it means.
Mathematically the D’Hondt system tends to favour medium-sized parties. However, given the relatively small number of MEP seats available in each voting region, it also cuts out those who have small followings. Labour’s leadership and the Conservative party have deserted Remain voters entirely. That leaves us in a spot.
Our “political” vote is fragmented across Labour, Conservatives, Lib Dems, SNP, Greens, Renew/TIG, Plaid, Sinn Fein, etc. However our Remain vote, despite some excellent MEPs in both parties, is not represented by either Tory or Labour policy. So anyone who wants to vote Remain in the upcoming European Elections has a wide choice of parties. That would naturally split the Remain vote and reduce Remain representation under the D’Hondt system.
So what do we do? That will become clear as the election campaign develops. What is clear is that we use this opportunity to build a Remain minded group. Some will be Tory or Labour voters who may choose to hold their nose - either way - at the elections in May. We do know this. Remain put one million smiling, happy people from every corner of the UK on the streets of London. Six million of us signed a petition to Revoke A50. More than six million people voting Remain and for a People’s Vote on the 23 May would change everything.