SOUTHAMPTON, England (Reuters) – Nigel Farage's Brexit Party stormed into victory in a European election and rides a wave of anger because of Prime Minister Theresa Mays failure to take the UK out of the EU.
FILE PHOTO: Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage leaves a polling station after voting in the elections to the European Parliament in Biggin Hill in the United Kingdom on May 23, 2019. REUTERS / Hannah McKay
A European Parliament election as the UK only took part in because May delayed Brexit showed a country even more polarized across the EU divorce nearly three years ago a 2016 referendum in which it voted 52% to 48% to leave.
The United Kingdom should have left on March 29, but it remains a member of the EU, and its politicians still argue about how, when, or whether the country will leave the club, it joined in 1973.
May at Friday announced she was going down and said it was a pity she couldn't deliver Brexit. The Conservative Party was on course for one of its worst results in a nationwide election ever.
In England and Wales, the voters turned in anger from the corn conservatives and opposition party by Jeremy Corbyn, who had been seeking a softer version of Brexit.
The Brexit Party first came, while explicitly pro-EU parties – the liberal democrats, the green and the changing British – were combined a few percentage points behind.
Farage, elected as a member of the European Parliament for South East England, said he would be involved in the Brexit negotiations and warned that British politics was due to major upheavals unless Brexit took place on October 31st.
"We want to be part of that negotiating team," said Farage in Southampton, southern England.
"If we do not leave on October 31, then the score you have seen for the Brexit Party today will be repeated in an election and we will get ready for it."
Such a serious election rubbish for the two major parties will stiffen a belief among the leading conservatives to replace May that they should go to a more decisive split from the EU.
But it will also increase the pressure on the Employee Corbyn to explicitly come to a referendum on EU membership.
"This question will have to return to the people, either through an election or a public vote," Corbyn said. "In the coming days, we will have conversations across our party and movement and reflect on these results on both sides of the Brexit divide."
BBC forecasts put the conservatives at about 10-12%, down from 23% in 2014 Work came third in Wales. The Liberal Democrats even won in Corbyn's home, Islington.
The Brexit Party won about 10 percentage points more than the British Independence Party did in 2014, showing partial results.
In total, the United Kingdom elects 73 members (MEPs) to the 751 Parliament Parliament. They will not directly contribute to UK policies on domestic issues such as Brexit, but will have an expression in EU-wide policy as long as they remain in the Assembly.
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Farage casts Britain's political system as broken and says parliament and government are trying to counteract Brexit. He wants the UK to leave the EU as soon as possible and says that the non-departure damage is exaggerated.
Farage, who as UKIP leader persuaded corn predecessor, David Cameron, to call the Brexit referendum and then helped lead the campaign to leave the EU, said that failure to implement Brexit would show Britain not to be a democracy .
While the United Kingdom remains deeply divided over Brexit, most agree that it will shape the United Kingdom's future in future generations.
Pro Europeans fear Brexit will make them poorer, undermining London's position as a global financial capital and weakening the West as it breaks with Donald Trump's unpredictable US presidency and growing confidence from Russia and China.
The Liberal Democrats who fought under the slogan "Bollocks to Brexit" oppose Brexit and want another referendum to stop it.
Supporters of Brexit admit that there may be some short-term pain for the UK economy of $ 2.9 trillion, but in the long run it will thrive when released from the EU as they throw as a failing German-dominated experiment in European integration.
The loss of Britain for the EU is still the biggest blow in more than 60 years of efforts to falsify European unity after two world wars, although the 27 other members of the block have shown surprising unity during the violent negotiations.
In the 2014 European Parliament elections, what was Farage's Independence Party in the UK won by 26.8%, followed by Labor at 24.7% and the Conservatives at 23.3%. The Greens won 7.7% in 2014 and the liberal democrats 6.7%. Turnout was 35.6%.
Writing by Kate Holton and Guy Faulconbridge; Editing Frances Kerry and Mark John