Prime minister Edward Heath signs the British Accession Treaty in 1973, which saw the UK join the European Union.Picture courtesy of the European Parliament.
VOTING takes place today (Thursday) for the European Parliamentary elections.
The polls close at 10pm, however the results are not due to be announced until Sunday night, when Islanders and people across Europe will learn who will represent them as Members of the European Parliament (MEP).
The count starts at 5pm on Sunday at Medina Leisure Centre and will finish no later than 10pm.
See our guide to voting below:
Q. How is the Isle of Wight represented?
The Isle of Wight falls into the South East constituency, which is represented by ten MEPs
Q. How does voting work?
On the ballot paper will be a list of different political parties and voters will select their favourite party, not candidate.
The UK uses a closed list system. This means that each political party orders its candidates in preference.
The parties that secure the most amount of votes will then be entitled to a certain number of MEPs.
This is decided by a system called the d'Hondt system. If a party is given one MEP, only their first preference candidate will be elected. If they have three, only their first three preferred candidates will be elected and so on.
The order of candidates is decided before the election.
You must have registered to vote in advance. Your polling station would have been indicated on your polling card.
Q. What political parties are standing in the South East?
An Independence from Europe Party, British National Party, Christian People's Alliance, Conservative Party, English Democrats, Green Party, Harmony Party, Labour Party, Liberal Democrats, Liberty Great Britain, The Peace Party, The Roman Party, The Socialist Party of Great Britain, and UK Independence Party.