For those of you who have tried to make sense of the elections to the EU and especially the European elections in the UK, I wanted to add a few thoughts. First, the results are somewhat confused and contradictory. But they are also mired in a lot of misunderstandings and misleading spin and shine. Rightwing parties did well in many EU countries. But in most, they either underperformed expectations or fell from previous heights in the 2014 elections in the EU. The great story has generally fallen or in some cases near the traditional government parties – center-right and center-left – in many countries, especially EU countries such as Germany, France, the United Kingdom, et al.
Let's focus in the UK.
The wild, glaring result is that the "Brexit Party", which was founded a few months ago and now led by the right-wing provocator Nigel Farage, got the most votes almost everywhere in England outside of London and most seats totaled ̵
But the picture looks very different if you step back a bit. There were five parties who ran as remaining parties – ie. pro-EU, anti-Brexit. If you add the remaining parties, they got just over 40% of the votes compared to just under 35% for the tough Brexit parties (Farage's new party and UKIP, his old party). The remaining 23% went to Labor (14.1%) and Tories (9.1%), both divided into Brexit, though Labor leans more Remain and Tories more Leave. (The big party winners on the Remain side were Liberal Democrats and Greens.)
A very reasonable way of looking at these numbers is that the election was about Brexit, and none of the two traditional government parties took a clear stand on the problem. Both saw their support fall down. The parties with clear remnants or departure positions took the overwhelming majority of the votes (about 75%) and a clear majority of them went to the remaining parties.
An analogue of Trumpism is that Brexit support seems to be clearly a minority position in the UK (albeit a very large majority). Supporters of "no-deal Brexit" are certainly a minority. But they represent a large enough percentage of voters and are compatible and coherent enough to enable them to run the political agenda, although they may not be able to develop their core policies.