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in the UK, the Brexit Party largely ahead

The Conservatives of Prime Minister Theresa May have been severely sanctioned, relegated to fifth place.

Posted today at 02:18, updated at 04:25

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The leader of the Brexit Party reacted to the announcement of the European election results on May 26 in Southampton (England).
The leader of the Brexit Party reacted to the announcement of the European election results on May 26 in Southampton (England). TOLGA AKMEN / AFP

The Brexit Party of the populist Nigel Farage, in favor of a clear break with the EU, clearly ranks first in Europe in the United Kingdom with 31.6% of the vote, according to partial results (excluding Northern Ireland and Scotland) broadcast Sunday, May 26, reinforcing the hypothesis of an exit without agreement.

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Voters have harshly sanctioned the Conservative Party of Prime Minister Theresa May, relegated to fifth place with 9.1% of the vote and who pays its inability to implement Brexit, according to these first results. Mme May had to organize the ballot before announcing his resignation on Friday.

A consolation prize for Europhiles, the vote gave a new lease of life to the Liberal Democratic Party, which won 20.3% of the vote. But it can not afford to influence decisions at the national level with only a handful of MPs.

Greens double their score

Nigel Farage did not wait for the results to predict "A great victory" to his party before the press in Southampton, in the south of England.

The other major traditional party, the Labor Party also comes bruised from these Europeans, with 14.1% of the vote, paying its ambiguous attitude on the Brexit. As for the Greens, they double their score compared to 2014, to 12.1%, ahead of the conservatives.

The British voted to leave the EU at 52% of the vote in June 2016 and it should have come into force on March 29th. Butme May failed to marshal his divided party on the issue, and MPs around his divorce plan negotiated with Brussels. She then had to ask for her postponement, at 31 October at the latest.

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