Nigel Farage has demanded a seat at the Brexit negotiating table and warned Labour and the Tories his party’s victory in the European Parliament elections “is just the beginning”. The leader of The Brexit Party said winning 28 seats at a national poll after launching in April demonstrated the level of voter anger over the Government’s failure to take the UK out of the European Union. Mr Farage said he and his MEPs stood ready to “take responsibility” for Brexit and join negotiations with Brussels.
Nigel Farage has demanded a seat on Britain’s Brussels negotiating team for the Brexit Party after it pulled off a major victory in the European elections on Sunday night. The new group won the British part of the elections by far, with at least 28 seats – surpassing the former success of Ukip which had won the 2014 elections under Mr Farage’s leadership. The Brexit Party took 32 per cent of the national vote share and topped the poll in nine of the 10 regions declared. Claiming a “big win”, Mr Farage told reporters as the results rolled in: “We’ve got a deadline for 31 October, that’s the date on which we’re supposed to leave the European Union.
The Brexit Party has surged to a crushing victory in the European Parliament elections as the Tories suffered their worst ever results and Labour was punished by the Liberal Democrats. Nigel Farage’s new party won more than 30 per cent of the national vote and secured a stunning 28 seats from a standing start having only launched in April. The Conservative Party was almost wiped out as it came in fifth place with just nine per cent of the vote and three seats – down 15 on 2014 – with Jeremy Hunt, the Foreign Secretary, saying the Tories now faced an “existential risk”.
An insurgent Brexit party and reinvigorated Liberal Democrats have delivered a harrowing night for the Conservatives and Labour at the European elections, prompting profound soul-searching at the top of both major parties. Nigel Farage’s Brexit party humiliated the Conservatives in their rural heartlands but also made sweeping gains in cities such as Cardiff, Leeds and Sheffield, as well as in Hillingdon, the home of Boris Johnson’s seat where the Tories were pushed into fourth.
Nigel Farage’s prediction of a “big win” for his Brexit Party was proved as it swept through Tory and Labour heartlands hoovering up disaffected voters. The anti-EU party, which was formed only four months ago, won 31.6 per cent of the vote nationally, with Scotland and Northern Ireland yet to declare. It took the most seats in every region except London. The party gained 39 per cent of the vote in the strongly pro-Leave North East constituency, capturing two of the three seats.
Britain’s two main parties suffered a collapse in support last night as Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party scored a sweeping victory in the European parliament elections. With counts in ten of the twelve regions complete, the party topped the national vote share with 31.6 per cent as the country’s Brexit divisions widened. Mr Farage said that the outcome was a “massive message” to the Labour and the Conservatives. “If we don’t leave the EU on October 31, tonight’s results will be repeated in a general election,” he said.
The Brexit Party was the clear winner in the UK’s European elections, with the pro-EU Lib Dems coming second. The Conservatives and Labour suffered heavy losses, with the former expected to get less than 10% of the vote. Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage said the two main parties “could learn a big message” from the results. Overall, out of 64 MEPs declared so far, Mr Farage’s party has won 28, the Lib Dems 15, Labour 10, Greens seven, the Tories three and Plaid Cymru one.
Labour descended into a full-blown civil war over Brexit as the party was crushed in the European elections. Jeremy Corbyn’s party was on course to finish third, behind the Brexit Party and the Liberal Democrats, sparking public in-fighting between its most senior figures and the leader declaring there must now be a general election or public vote on Brexit. Senior Labour figures said the party had been punished for its ambiguous position on Brexit, while the Lib Dems and the Brexit Party, which represented Remain and hard Brexit, were the big winners on the night.
Battered Jeremy Corbyn today hinted he will finally back a second Brexit referendum as Labour erupted into civil war after being humiliated in European elections. The Labour leader said ‘this issue will have to go back to the people’ as the shadow Cabinet turned on him – although he again dodged stating whether there should be a general election or a single-issue vote. The desperate fire-fighting came as foreign secretary Emily Thornberry was among those to blast the party’s ‘unclear’ strategy and demand a second referendum after Labour’s thrashing.
The Liberal Democrats were “back in business” this morning as the party beat both the Tories and Labour for the first time in a century. As the European election vote was polarised between Remain and Leave voters, the Lib Dems finished second behind the Brexit Party. Sir Vince Cable’s party picked up swathes of votes from disaffected Labour supporters, with a 13.5 per cent vote swing from Labour to the Lib Dems in the early results.
The Conservative Party has slumped to its lowest national vote share since it was formed in 1834. Theresa May’s party gained 8.8 per cent of the vote in the European Parliament election, placing fifth nationally, behind the Brexit Party, the Lib Dems, Labour and the Green Party. The Brexit Party, which ended up topping the ballot on 33.3 per cent, was driven by support from dissatisfied Leave voters abandoning the Conservatives, as well as those looking to register a protest vote in the elections.
Voters want the Tories to “deliver Brexit as quickly as possible”, the Conservative Party chairman said as he admitted it had been a “difficult night”. Brandon Lewis tweeted the comments after the party managed to avoid the “wipeout” predicted by one of its candidates but remained on course for its worst ever share of the national vote. With all the English and Welsh regions declared the Tories had won only three MEPs. They failed to secure any of London’s eight seats.
The Tories were facing the threat of electoral oblivion today after plunging to the worst election defeat in their history in EU polls – while Labour was also trounced by Nigel Farage’s insurgent Brexiteers. Despite only being launched six weeks ago, the Brexit Party has won at least 28 MEP seats – with the Conservatives dropping to fifth place across much of the country with just 9 per cent of the vote. The disastrous showing immediately sparked warnings from would-be leader Boris Johnson that things could get even worse for the Tories if the UK does not leave the EU by the end of October – deal or no deal.
The Tories tonight suffered their worst election result for almost 200 years as resigning Theresa May was annihilated in the EU elections. With every British region declared except Scotland, Brexit civil war finally obliterated the party of government as it won less than 9% of the vote – landing in fifth place behind the Greens – and lost 15 of 18 seats. But Labour were also knocked into third place by the Lib Dems, losing 8 of their 18 seats as Jeremy Corbyn’s party descended into infighting over its “fence-sitting” Brexit stance.
Boris Johnson has warned that the Tories face catastrophe unless they heed their EU elections drubbing and deliver Brexit at all costs. The leadership front runner said the rout’ in the polls last night will become a ‘permanent haemorrhage’ of voter support unless the party takes dramatic action to win back furious Brexiteers. After Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party gobbled up votes to come top in the contest and consign the Conservatives to the worst result in their history, Mr Johnson delivered a stark message that they must listen to the ‘millions who voted for change’.
Heidi Allen, leader of Change UK, said that the new centrist party was “down but not out” after it failed to establish itself as a political force in the European parliament elections. Ms Allen insisted that its campaign had gone “very, very well” but acknowledged that more formal co-operation with the Liberal Democrats may be necessary. Chuka Umunna, Change UK’s principal spokesman, said on Saturday that it would be sensible for the party to form a pact not to stand against the Lib Dems in a general election.
The leader of Change UK, Heidi Allen, has said her party could merge with with the Liberal Democrats, appearing to put her at odds with Chuka Umunna. On Saturday, Umunna, a Change UK MP and spokesman, said the Independent Group should form a pact not to stand against Lib Dems in the next general election. But Allen, who left the Conservatives to join two other breakaway Conservative and Labour MPs to form the pro-remain group, said she would go “one step further”.
Eurosceptic parties enjoyed their best ever results in the European elections on Sunday night as voters flocked in their millions to vote for populist parties and abandoned the two groups that have dominated EU politics for the last 40 years. A total of 169 MEPs were returned from eurosceptic parties across the EU, according to preliminary results based on exit polls and results.
The 40-year grip of the two main centrist political groups on the levers of power in Brussels looked set to be broken as voters in the European elections turned out in record numbers to bolster radical alternatives including the Greens and the far right. A populist Eurosceptic surge failed to emerge on Sunday but they were on track to be returned to the European parliament in larger numbers than ever before, with Marine Le Pen’s National Rally celebrating a narrow symbolic victory over Emmanuel Macron’s En Marche in France.
France’s far-right National Rally party has beaten Emmanuel Macron‘s centrists in a close-run EU election. Marine Le Pen’s party, a rebranding of the National Front, won around 23.5 per cent of the vote to Mr Macron’s allies’ 22.5 per cent, according to vote share projections released on Sunday night. Projections showed Matteo Salvini’s right-wing League Party gaining in strength in Italy with nearly 34 per cent of the vote. He calculated that populist and nationalist parties will control at least 150 seats in the new 751-seat European Parliament.
Europe’s green parties have made major gains across the continent in this week’s EU elections in a “Green wave”, according to results released overnight on Sunday. In Germany, Die Grünen jumped into second place with 20 per cent, solidly beating the historically dominant social democrats, while in France, Les Verts came from nowhere to pull off a surprise third place behind Emmanuel Macron’s outfit.
POPULISTS surged across Europe in EU Parliament elections that finished yesterday, with nationalist and environmentalist parties making dramatic gains in a huge challenge to the Brussels bloc. In both France and Italy nationalist anti-EU parties topped the polls, with Marine Le Pen’s National Rally and Matteo Salvini’s Lega both getting the most votes. Far-right parties also made big gains in Sweden and Spain, while eurosceptic populists won the most votes in Poland and Hungary.
Emmanuel Macron suffered defeat at home in the European elections but could console himself with securing a kingmaker role that could determine the next five years of EU politics. The ardently Europhile French president was narrowly beaten by Marine Le Pen’s virulently anti-EU National Rally in the French vote but stands to benefit from a fragmentation in support for the older centrist parties in the European Parliament. Ever since the first European elections in 1979, the centre-right European People’s Party and centre-left Socialists and Democrats have dominated EU politics.
Officials at the European Parliament say turnout across all of the bloc’s 28 countries was a 20-year high of 50.5% for Sunday’s vote. Spokesman Jaume Duch Guillot said the turnout was eight percentage points higher than the last Europe-wide vote for the parliament in 2014. He said the figures, which include voting from the UK – which aims to leave the bloc, “shows that European citizens realise that the European Union is part of their everyday reality and future”.
Populist leader Marine Le Pen and her Rassemblement National (National Rally, or RN) have triumphed over sitting French president Emmanuel Macron in the European Parliament elections, according to exit polls. Ms Le Pen declared victory following exit polls showing the RN winning around 24 per cent of the vote, compared to Macron’s La Republique En Marche! (LREM) who, according to projections, has come in second with 22.5 percent of the vote, French newspaper Le Figaro reports.
It was a mixed night for several high-profile candidates in their bid to become MEPs in the European elections. Tommy Robinson blamed Government “interference” with social media companies for his failure to secure a seat in the European Parliament. The independent candidate polled 2.2% of the overall vote in the North West as the Brexit Party gained the largest share with 31.2%. He said he was unable to fight a fair campaign because he was taken off various social media platforms.
Two UK far-right internet personalities who launched audacious bids to be elected to the European parliament – anti-Islam activist Tommy Robinson, and YouTuber Sargon of Akkad – have failed. On Sunday, results from the European elections revealed Carl Benjamin (Sargon of Akkad) who stood for UKIP, and Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (Tommy Robinson) who ran as an independent, did not get enough votes to become MEPs. A third right wing YouTuber, Mark Meechan (Count Dankula) is running in Scotland, where results are due later. In England’s north west, Yaxley-Lennon came in eighth place with 38,908 votes, standing as an independent.
Away from the European elections …
The race to be the next prime minister has descended into open warfare after the chancellor threatened to join fellow Tories in toppling any leader pursuing a no-deal Brexit. Philip Hammond’s extraordinary intervention came after Dominic Raab predicted MPs would fail to stop him taking the UK out of the EU without a deal on Halloween night, if he won the contest. Rival candidate Rory Stewart – who also hinted at joining a no-confidence vote against his own government to block no deal – warned Brexiteers it would ruin Britain’s “400-year reputation” for economic competence.
TORIES have threatened to oust their new Prime Minister in a Government revolt if a no-deal Brexit is forced through. MPs have warned they will topple any new Conservative Party Prime Minister who spearheads a no-deal Brexit in order to avoid leaving the EU without an agreement. Chancellor Philip Hammond announced his plans to join the revolt, and refute the new leader who tries to implement no-deal Brexit. Mr Hammond said any newly appointed Prime Minister who tries to “push through a no-deal exit on 31 October” would immediately face the prospect of having to “leave office”.
Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab have been warned that Tory MPs would be prepared to bring down any prime minister backing a no-deal Brexit, triggering a general election, amid fears the leadership hopefuls will veer to the right in response to a surge in support for Nigel Farage at the European election. A string of senior Conservatives, led by Philip Hammond, the chancellor, delivered a sobering message to candidates that many Tory MPs are prepared to take drastic action to stop a no-deal Brexit. “
A raft of announcements are planned on subjects close to Mrs May’s heart, and aides hope to give the country a glimpse of the policies that would have defined her premiership if British politics were not gripped by Brexit. There is a strong expectation that measures to improve mental health provision will be unveiled. The future of tuition fees will also come under the spotlight when a long-awaited report on post-18 education lands. Other issues that could take centre stage include the environment and climate change.
A hard Brexit on October 31 could cause huge disruption to the UK’s flu vaccination programme, one of Britain’s largest jab suppliers has warned. Sanofi, the French pharmaceutical giant, said that the disruption could put thousands in hospital, leading to “huge” financial costs for the NHS. Hugo Fry, Sanofi’s UK managing director, lamented “the interminable wait” for Westminster to decide the nature and timing of Britain’s departure.
The EU’s most polluting states are pocketing funds earmarked to help wean the bloc from coal-fired power without any plans to clean up their energy systems. A new report will name and shame the states dipping into the funding pots meant to help smooth the transition to a cleaner energy system. It will show that 11 states have no plans to move away from carbon-intensive coal-fired power, despite an EU goal to scrub coal from the energy system by 2030 in line with the climate targets set out in the Paris Accord.
Not everyone is appalled at the thought of complying with the Committee on Climate Change‘s new diktat to turn down their thermostat to 19 degrees on a bleak midwinter’s night. ‘We would have to turn ours right up and even then I’m not sure we’d hit 19 degrees,’ laughs Sir William Worsley as we sit in his office at the back of Hovingham Hall, handsome North Yorkshire home to the Worsley family since it was built by his five-times great-grandfather in 1751.
Car giants Fiat Chrysler and Renault are on the brink of revealing a major global tie-up to create the world’s biggest carmaker. The companies are expected to confirm today that they plan to join forces in the face of fundamental structural challenges facing the global car industry. The deal, which is likely to involve the firms taking equity stakes of up to 25pc in one another, with a view to an eventual merger, would create an alliance capable of usurping Volkswagen’s world-leading 10.8m annual sales when Renault’s existing partner Nissan is included.