European elections 2019: Brexit Party wins three North West seats
- Author: Leroy Wright May 27, 2019,
May 27, 2019, 11:00
"If we don't leave on that day, then you can expect the Brexit Party to repeat this kind of surprise in the next general election", he said.
These were the first elections the party led by Nigel Farage have fought in Wales.
Jeremy Corbyn is under huge pressure from within his party to swing behind a second referendum, after Labour fell to third place behind the Liberal Democrats in the European elections. "It looks like it's going to be a big win for the Brexit Party", he told reporters.
Turnout in Preston was 35.1 per cent.
In the first declared result, Labour lost a set in the north east region of England.
The Brexit deadline was subsequently moved to 31 October with London obliged to participate in the European Parliament elections if the deal is not passed by 23 May.
That edged ahead of the 31.6 percent for populist Nigel Farage's Brexit Party and sufficient for Cable to claim a mandate for a second referendum aimed at undoing the one that pushed Britain out of Europe in 2016.
The Liberal Democrats, which have called for a second referendum on Brexit, is on track to finish second to the Brexit Party. Further results will be announced Monday.
And they found unexpected solace in a balding 75-year-old whose party had been fairing so poorly that he promised to step down after the vote.
Mr Farage's newly-formed group capitalised on the anger of Brexit voters in a dramatic style. The party has suffered from an inability to explain its position on Brexit, Labour MP Emily Thornberry said on BBC.
"We were not clear on the one single thing that people wanted to hear and sent people out to campaign on that and unfortunately we just weren't clear enough".
The Tories dropped to just 9% of the vote in England and Wales and appear on course for their worst ever national election share once the full picture from Scotland becomes clear.
Farage said his party's performance was "a massive message" for the Conservatives and Labour, and he said it should be given a role in future negotiations with the EU.
Speaking about the Tory performance after his reelection Mr Hannan said: "I think we've done a lot worse than in 1832".
The UK was forced to hold the European Union polls after May failed three times to get her Brexit deal passed by national lawmakers, being forced to agree an extension to the UK's exit date to October 31.