How UK is gearing up for European elections

Image copyright PA Image caption UKIP topped the ballots in 2014 but a lot has changed since then

The UK’s registered political party are gearing up to fight elections to the European Parliament in six weeks’ time.

The planning needed to stage the canvas on 23 May is under way, even though Theresa May still hopes the UK will have left the EU by then and they won’t need to happen.

As recently as the end of March, the prime minister said the public would find it “unacceptable” to have to elect a brand-new group of 72 MEPs almost three years after they voted to leave the EU.

But things have changed since then.

Under expressions agreed with EU presidents in Brussels, the UK has been given a Brexit extension until 31 October.