Rule of Thumb: MEPs indicate their approval or rejection Hundreds of hands go up, then back down. Fingers press and then release buttons. Some thumbs turn up and others turn down. That’s how MEPs vote - it’s a kind of sign language. And here’s the low down on what it all means. If we believe the statistics, since the start of their electoral term in July 2004, MEPs have voted more 12,000 times in 33 plenary sessions. European Parliament voting is mainly via a show of hands, like the Greek asse...

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