Nigel Farage’s 6-week-old party crushes rivals in European Union Parliament votes
The UK’s populist Brexit Party, led by the former head of the nationalist UK Independent Party (UKIP), Nigel Farage, has stormed to victory in the European Union Parliamentary elections.
According to preliminary results, Farage’s pro-Brexit party received the majority of votes in the United Kingdom’s East, North West and South-West of England and Wales.
Farage struck fear into the heart of the British political establishment as his Brexit Party surged in the EU elections, gaining as much as 40 percent of the vote in some parts of the country.
On Friday, UK YouGov pollster released a survey that projected that the Brexit Party would receive 37 percent of votes in the EU elections, meaning it would get up to 28 seats in the legislature.
After leaving UKIP in December over disagreements with the party’s Brexit approach, Farage registered the Brexit Party in February of this year.
In April, Farage said that he would use the EU elections as a launch pad for his party to fight for changes in the UK political system, which has failed to deliver the country’s exit from the European Union.
According to Express, Mr. Farage regained his seat in the South East, while fellow big hitters Annunziata Rees-Mogg and Ann Widdecombe also won seats for the party.
In total, the Brexit Party secured 28 seats of 73 up for grabs in the UK.
The Liberal Democrats came second with 15 seats, Labour 10, Green seven and the Tories languishing on three just in front of Plaid Cymru’s one.
The elections were disastrous for the Labour and Conservative parties, with the public turning on them after their catastrophic handling of Brexit.
Mr. Farage’s party became the biggest single group in the EU.
The Conservatives also had to endure their worst electoral performance, judged by share of the vote, since 1832.
With just two areas left to declare, the Brexit Party enjoyed 31.6 percent of the vote share, the Liberal Democrats 20.3 percent, Labor 14.1 percent, Green 12.1 percent and the Conservatives on 9.1 percent.
Ann Widdecombe was one of three Brexit Party representatives elected in the South West of England.
In the South West, the Brexit Party took 36 percent of the vote, with the Liberal Democrats following on 23 percent.
On accepting her new seat as an MEP for the newly formed Brexit Party, Ms. Widdecombe said: “Tonight reaffirms the vote of 2016 because there is only one reason for voting for the Brexit Party and that is if you wanted a Brexit.
“Therefore we will go forward and achieve that.
“When we go to Brussels we will say that because of our showing in these elections and the fact that we so clearly speak for the people, that we want a role in the negotiations, that is what we will be asking for.”
Never before in British politics has a party just 6 weeks old won a national election.
If Britain does not leave the EU on October 31st, these results will be repeated at a general election.
History has been made. This is just the beginning.pic.twitter.com/J7xqwdwZin
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) May 26, 2019
The Brexit Party took 38 percent, versus 23 percent for the second place Liberal Democrats, in the East of England.
In the North West of England region, the Brexit Party stormed to the lead, taking two of the regions three MEPs, with Labour picking up the third.
Wales saw another Brexit Party win on 33 percent of the vote, with the nationalist Plaid Cymru in second place ahead of Labour.
The Brexit Party also stormed to the lead in South-East England, taking four seats with 36 percent of the vote.
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage said: “We voted to leave in the referendum and were supposed to do so on March 29 and we haven’t.
“There’s a massive message here. Labour and the Conservatives could learn a lesson here.”
Meanwhile, Ms. Rees-Mogg commented: “We were promised we would leave by March 29, deal or no deal. That didn’t happen.
“The politicians didn’t listen to the referendum result in 2016.”
The Brexit Party also took by far the most votes in Herefordshire, also in the West Midlands.
In Fenland they have taken an incredible 52 percent of the vote, far above the second-placed Conservatives on 13 percent.
Mr. Farage’s party also performed well in Peterborough, seizing 38 percent of the vote with Labour in second place on 15 percent.
He has boasted he will be “kingmaker” in the upcoming Tory leadership battle as he sends a clear Brexit message to UK Parliamentarians.
However, the Liberal Democrats have been performing better in urban areas, especially university towns.
In York, in the Yorkshire & the Humber region, the Liberal Democrats took the lead on 29 percent of the vote, with the Brexit Party in second on 27 percent.
Some traditionally Labour areas have seen huge Brexit Party surges.
In Bolsover, the new party took 41 percent of the vote, whilst Labour was pushed into fifth place behind the Greens.
In London, traditionally a Labour stronghold, the party has received fewer votes than the Liberal Democrats.
Labour has been defeated in Islington, represented by Jeremy Corbyn and Emily Thornberry in Parliament, in a dramatic blow to the party.
Turnout enjoyed an increase in areas where people had previously voted Remain in 2016.
Mr. Farage said the next Prime Minister will have to win his support and claimed he will be “kingmaker.”
He also warned the next Tory leader they would have to consider the option of a no deal Brexit as his party is predicted to dominate the poll.
Early results also suggest the Brexit Party has performed strongly in Scotland, though the SNP has also made significant gains.
In the Scottish Borders region, the SNP came first with 28 percent of the vote, with the Brexit Party second on 19 percent.
The outcome, along with Northern Ireland, will be declared later on Monday.