European Elections: Brexit Party Victory in United Kingdom Reinforces “No Deal” Hypothesis

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Nigel Farage photographed on May 26, 2019 after the announcement of the results of the European elections.

RESULTS: Voters in the United Kingdom severely punished the Conservative Party of Prime Minister Theresa May, in European Elections relegated to 5th place with 7.5% of the vote

The Brexit Party of the Populist Nigel Farage , in favor of a clean break with the EU, tops the list in the European elections results for the United Kingdom with 31.5% of the votes, according to first results on Sunday, reinforcing the hypothesis of a Brexit without agreement.

Voters severely punished the Conservative Party of Prime Minister Theresa May , relegated to 5th place with 7.5% of the vote and who pays for her inability to implement Brexit, according to early results of more than 10% of votes. voice. Theresa May had to organise the European elections in disaster before announcing her resignation on Friday.

A consolation prize for Europhiles, the vote gave a new lease of life to the Liberal Democratic Party, which won 20.1% of the vote. But it can not afford to influence decisions at the national level with only a handful of MPs. The other big traditional party, the Labour Party (Opposition) also came out of the polls, with 16.6% of the vote, paying him his ambiguous attitude on the Brexit. As for the Greens, they manage to beat the conservatives with an honorable score of 11.6%.

Boris Johnson, favourite to succeed May, on the same line as Farage

Created just four months ago in response to the delay in Parliament over the implementation of Brexit, the Party of the same name did not show any other program in these elections than the exit of the EU. He capitalized on voters’ anger at the endless Brexit soap opera.

Nigel Farage, 55, former trader at the City, had already in 2014 won the European elections, at the time head of the anti-immigration and anti-immigration party Ukip. It is for a departure at any price from the EU, even without agreement to absorb the shock. “To honour the democratic vote of the people and the promises that have been made, the only thing we can do is get out (of the EU) with the terms of the WTO,” he said during the campaign. . That is, leaving the customs union and the single market for trade relations governed by the World Trade Organisation.

This scenario is the obsession of the business community and the Europeans are not favourable either. The British Parliament voted against it. But the new victory of Nigel Farage can only strengthen the europhobic wing of the Conservative Party, in favour of a clear cut with the EU.

The Tories are now plunged into a fierce battle for Theresa May’s succession, with already eight contenders on the ranks. The favourite, former Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, 54, who played a key role during the Brexit referendum campaign, is on the same line as Nigel Farage and says he is ready to leave the EU without agreement.

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