LONDON – Britain's two main parties were punished in the European Parliament elections with results coming in on Monday that the voters had rejected their handling of Brexit and turned to parties unambiguously pro-Brexit or pro-European Union.
Nigel Farage's single-issue Brexit Party was the clear winner of the election, with the potential to influence the race over who will be the next British Prime Minister.
Pro-E.U. Liberal Democrats and the Greens – who also have a simple message about Brexit: stop it – also made significant gains. Overall, the support for all the parties that are informally pro-European, is a little higher than those pushing a hard Brexit.
In other words, Britain is as divided as ever.
Analysts said the impact of the election could see that Britain's two main political parties are facing a growing pressure to move away from the midfield to support even more extreme attitudes on Brexit.
During the day to replace Theresa May, who announced on Friday that she would step down as British Prime Minister, is the question of whether to return a once unimaginable "non-trader" Brexit-like Farage, now dominant . At least eight Conservative Members of Parliament have publicly stated that they will compete for the top job.
Boris Johnson, a conservative party legislator and frontrunner to become the next prime minister, called the European elections a "crushing rebuke". He wrote in his weekly column of the Daily Telegraph that he said, "The announcement of these results is clear. If we continue like this, we will be fired: dismissed from the work of driving the country."
The Conservative party came on fifth place and win a bad 9 percent of the vote. Their bad depiction could see that the party looked away from pushing to an early general election, fearing they might see a similar wipeout.
May tweeted that "very disappointing" results showed "the importance of finding a Brexit agreement and I sincerely hope these results focus minds in parliament."
If Farage's triumph in these elections pushes the conservative party on its turf, it would not be the first time. Right-wing, right-wing, anti-European UKIP summit in 2014 – then led by Farage – is considered one of the reasons why Prime Minister David Cameron called for the referendum, which sent Britain down the entire cliff of Brexit initially.
On Monday, Farage said that if Britain does not leave on October 31, the current deadline, his party would repeat its success in an election.
"We will dispute all 650 seats across the country at the next election. I will not stop until the job is finished," he tweeted.
The Opposition Labor Party resumed the call to unambiguously return another Brexit referendum after their poor view in the election. They came in third place behind the liberal democrats who saw an increase in support, especially in areas that supported "remain" in the 2016 referendum. It did not go unnoticed that the Liberal Democrats topped the vote in Islington, London's constituency of Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Emily Thornberry, a senior party's politician, told the BBC that Labor was not clear enough on its attitude to Brexit and that it was necessary to learn. Votes, she said, supported parties whose policy "could be summed up with a word or three words."
Jo Swinson, Deputy Head of Liberal Democrats whose slogan was "Bollocks to Brexit," said the results showed that the "growing liberal movement that can stand up to the forces of nationalism and populism" wins.
It was a bad choice for Tommy Robinson, an anti-Islam campaign that stood as independent. Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, received only 2.2 percent of the vote. He opted out early in the election.
ChangeUK, a newly formed pro-E.U. party whose candidates included Rachel Johnson, sister of Boris Johnson, performed poorly, as did the nationalist UKIP.
Until recently, Britain was not scheduled to take part in the European elections, the second largest democracy exercise in the world. But Britain was forced to mark candidates after it failed to leave the block on March 29 as planned.