'The Electoral Commission has earmarked more than £800,000 to run elections to the European Parliament next year despite Brexit.
The election watchdog admitted it was unlikely to ever run the polls because Britain is not supposed to ever elect MEPs again.
But it insisted that it had to prepare for the possibility of polls, which would have been due next spring if Britain had not voted for Brexit.
The 73 current MEPs are due to end their terms early on March 29 next year when the Article 50 process expires. Laws for new elections still need to be repealed.
After the £829,000 contingency plan was revealed, the Commission said: 'A provision in our budget was made so that the commission has the necessary funds to deliver our functions at a European parliamentary election, in the unlikely event that they do go ahead.'
Adding that none of the money had been spent, the Commission added: 'No money has been spent on preparing for European parliamentary elections in 2019 and the commission does not anticipate spending any money, pending the UK government repealing the necessary legislation.'
Any provision to go ahead with European elections will fuel fears among some Brexiteers that the Government and wider political establishment is not committed to delivering on the 2016 referendum.'
Read more: Elections watchdog budgets £829,000 taxpayers money to plan for EU Parliament polls in 2019 despite them being due weeks AFTER Brexit
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