The European elections dealt a major blow to both the Conservative and Labour parties, who lost seats to the Brexit Party, the Lib Dems and the Green Party. The Tory party has so far obtained only 8.7 percent of the votes, losing more than 10 percent since the last European elections in 2014, when it got 19 percent. On the other hand, the Brexit Party scooped up more than 30 percent of the votes, followed by the Lib Dems which, obtaining more than 18 percent, achieved their best-ever results at a European election.
The Brexit Party’s result is even more astonishing when compared to the seats gained by other parties in the European Parliament.
According to the latest projections, Nigel Farage’s movement founded only weeks ago has gained the same number of seats, 29, as Angela Merkel’s CDU.
Mr Farage has said his Brexit Party is “getting ready for” for the next general election, as he warned: “If we don’t leave on October 31 then the scores you have seen for the Brexit Party today [for the European elections] will be repeated.”
The Labour Party, which in the past weeks have been involved in Brexit talks with the Government, was also punished for his handling of Brexit and unclear strategy and major losses, going from the 20 percent gained in 2014 to 14.1.
While these results won’t have an immediate impact on national politics, they are likely signalling a shift in the electorate’s mood and Britain’s desire of seeing a reshaped Westminster Parliament.
In the aftermath of such a groundbreaking election, Express.co.uk asks its readers whether the Prime Minister should call for a snap election and give a new Government the mandate to deliver Brexit.
The major defeat sparked different reactions among the leaderships of the Tory and Labour parties.
Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn finally took a clear stance on the so-called People’s Vote today after months of uncertainty, saying Brexit can only be resolved by taking the issue back to the people, either at a new national election or a public vote.
He said: “With the Conservatives disintegrating and unable to govern, and parliament deadlocked, this issue will have to go back to the people, whether through a general election or a public vote,” he said in a statement.
“We will not let the continuing chaos in the Conservative Party push our country into a no deal exit from the EU. Parliament can and will prevent such a damaging outcome for jobs and industry in the UK.”
Calls for a snap election or a second referendum have also been backed by his Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell.
He said on Twitter: “So people are absolutely clear what I am saying.
“Of course I want a general election. But I realise how difficult this is to secure.
“I will do anything I can to block no deal Brexit.
“So yes if, as likely general election not possible, then I support going back to the people in another referendum.”
On the other hand, leading personalities of the Conservative Party said these “disappointing” results signal Britons’ desire to “get on” with Brexit and see it delivered.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid ruled out new general elections writing on Twitter: “Hugely disappointing results – but this is a verdict on our delivery of Brexit.
“There’s a clear lesson: people want us to get on with it. Not another election or referendum asking if changed their mind.
“We’ll need to unite as a party to deliver that. There are no other options.”
Similarly, Theresa May acknowledged the defeat and said Britons are signalling they want Brexit to be delivered.
She wrote on Twitter: “A very disappointing night for @Conservatives. Some excellent MEPs have lost their seats, some excellent candidates missed out.
“But Labour have also suffered big losses. It shows the importance of finding a Brexit deal, and I sincerely hope these results focus minds in Parliament.”
Mrs May, who has been leading a minority Government backed by the DUP since June 2017, resigned on Friday as she was facing a new vote of no confidence by the 1922 Committee.
However, she will officially step down only on June 7, following Donald Trump’s first official state visit to the UK, and will continue to lead the Conservatives until their leadership contest in July.