The initial UK members of the European Parliament were appointed by the Prime Minister Harold Wilson then the first direct elections took place in 1979. From 1979 until 1994 the Scottish members of the European
Parliament were elected in 8 constituencies first past the post. From 1999 Scotland became one constituency electing a number of members by AMS also known as the de Honte electoral system. As the European Community grew the number of Scottish MEPs was
reduced and is currently six. The next European Election is due in June 2019 by which time the UK may have left the EU.