Big populist gains in Euro elections: Farage, Salvini, Le Pen triumphant
Following last's night's announcement of the European election results, Nigel is celebrating, and Tommy is licking his wounds.
Across Europe, populists have won more seats than ever before and are set to form a powerful Eurosceptic coalition in the European Parliament.
Only six weeks since its formation, Nigel Farage's Brexit Party has stormed to victory with at least 28 seats.
The result reflects widespread public fury at the mainstream parties' failure to resolve Brexit.
UK voter turnout was 37 percent, the highest since 2004.
Mr Farage is threatening to unleash his party at a general election if Britain isn't out of the EU by Halloween.
He's also demanding a role in Brexit negotiations.
As predicted, Conservative and Labour - both divided and confused on Brexit - fared disastrously, whilst the Liberal Democrats - with a clear pro-remain position - did surprisingly well.
UKIP was wiped out.
Independent candidate Tommy Robinson made a good showing, but hostile news coverage and social media censorship hurt his campaign badly, preventing him getting elected.
On a positive note, Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party was humiliated by the Lib Dems in his own Islington constuency!
Results (with Scotland and Northern Ireland still to be declared - source: The Telegraph):
In France, Marine Le Pen's National Rally beat Emmanuel Macron's En Marche movement into second place.
Mme Le Pen said the result 'confirms the new nationalist-globalist division' in France and across Europe.
Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's League party won around 30 percent of the Italian vote, well ahead of second-placed rival, the Democratic Party.
A triumphant Salvini told supporters:
I will say to those who have sunk the European dream, transforming it into a nightmare, that I am proud that the League participated in this new rebirth of a sunken Europe.'
His party first formed a government last June, and has since risen rapidly.
Matteo Salvini: 'First party in Italy, thank you'.
Patriotic anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AfD) gained seats whilst breaking the 10 percent barrier.
Viktor Orbán's populist Fidesz movement won 13 of Hungary's 21 seats, one up from 2014.
He said the result shows that 'people in Hungary believe change is needed in Brussels', and offered to 'cooperate with everyone who wants to stop immigration.'
People's Party Our Slovakia gained its first two European Parliament seats with 12 percent of the national vote.
The anti-immigration Slovenian Democratic Party came top of the poll with with an impressive 26.5 percent of votes cast.
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