Published: Mon, May 27, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

European Union election: Results for Thanet - overwhelming vote for The Brexit Party

European Union election: Results for Thanet - overwhelming vote for The Brexit Party

Results from East of England region put the Brexit Party on three MEPs, with two for the Liberal Democrats and one for each of Labour and the Greens.

Britain's two main parties, Mrs May's Conservatives and the opposition Labour Party, did poorly while smaller pro-EU parties did well, according to a BBC projection.

Turnout in the South East was 39.36% - up from 35.4% in 2014. Labour came third in Wales. Ahead of the vote, numerous polls predicted that Farage's new political venture would pass its first election test with flying colors with an estimated double-digit lead over the Conservative Party, which is days away from losing their leader on June 7, when Theresa May's resignation comes into force.

"A vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote for an worldwide, outward-looking Britain", Cable told his final election rally last week.

But politicians such as Boris Johnson could experience a hit if the Brexit Party continues to surge in at the next national vote. They will not contribute directly to British policymaking on domestic issues like Brexit, but will have a say in EU-wide policy as long as they remain in the assembly.

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While the Brexit Party is a novice in the European politics, it has 14 MEPs in the outgoing European Parliament, all defectors from the UK Independence Party (UKIP), including Farage himself.

Mr Farage, who as UKIP leader convinced Prime Minister Theresa May's predecessor, David Cameron, to call the Brexit referendum and then helped lead the campaign to leave the European Union, has said that if Brexit is not implemented then Britain will be shown not to be a democracy.

Farage said his party's performance was "a massive message" for the Conservatives and Labour, and he said it should be given a role in future negotiations with the EU.

While the United Kingdom remains deeply divided over Brexit, most agree that it will shape the future of the United Kingdom for generations to come.

Results from across the region were last night being collated in Birmingham before the seven West Midlands seats were distributed to reflect the vote. Dr Catherine Rowett won for The Green Party and Geoffrey Van Orden retained one seat for the Conservatives.

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