Published: Fri, June 07, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Brexit Party Fails To Win First Seat In UK By-Election

Brexit Party Fails To Win First Seat In UK By-Election

May, once a reluctant supporter of European Union membership who emerged from the chaos after the 2016 referendum as the "steady" choice, steps down with her central pledge - to lead Britain out of the bloc and heal the country's divisions - unfulfilled.

Nigel Farage launched the Brexit party just eight weeks ago and the party was hoping to replicate its success in the European elections by winning its first United Kingdom parliamentary seat.

Labour candidate Lisa Forbes won the Peterborough constituency in eastern England by 683 votes over the Brexit Party's Mike Greene. The ruling Conservatives came third with 21 percent, while the Liberal Democrats won 12 percent.

Theresa May officially steps down as the leader of the Conservative Party on Friday, but will remain as British prime minister until her successor is chosen.

She will continue to work as prime minister until her party elects a new leader, a crowded race that will be defined by Brexit and competing approaches on how to deliver Britain's biggest policy shift in more than 40 years.

The letter said the Brexit Party stood on three simple messages: "Restore trust in democracy".

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"Eight weeks ago today the Brexit party launched, and what you have seen from the results last night is that British politics has fundamentally changed".

The Brexit Party leader outside No.10 Downing Street.

The Brexit Party was beaten by just 683 votes, but turnout was down almost 20 percent compared to the 2017 general election.

Brexit figurehead Nigel Farage says he will not join forces with populist and far-right parties in France and Italy at the European Parliament.

Furthermore, Labour also had to contend with hugely negative media coverage of their candidate in the run up to the vote, as well as the fact that their previous MP, Fiona Onasanya, was forced out of the seat in disgrace after being convicted of perverting the course of justice.

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