UK voters have taken to the polls in the most unexpected election of Members of the European Parliament since 1979.
The UK was meant to leave the EU on March 29th. There shouldn’t even have been these elections in the UK, well in theory at least.
Following the 2016 Brexit vote in which 52% of the UK public voted to leave the EU, the actual implementation of leaving has been dogged by political party wrangling.
The current result is that, for now, the UK still remains a part of the EU and as such must take part in these elections.
Hence, Nigel Farage, leader of the newly-formed Brexit Party, told the gathered press corps at a polling station this morning that he wants to be “The shortest-lived MEP in history”.
The Brexit Party, formed only five weeks ago, is widely-anticipated from pre-election polls as taking 33% of the vote in this election, a plurality.
On the other hand, the ruling Conservative Party headed by the besieged Prime Minister Theresa May is anticipated to hit their lowest ever ratings at less than 10%.
If confirmed, these anticipated results are a further catastrophe for a Conservative government already in turmoil, having lost an unprecedented number of just over 1300 council seats in the local elections on May 2nd.
Mrs. May who is clinging on to her job is anticipated to give a timescale for her resignation in the next few days, with her senior ministers deserting her in numbers.
The expected results of this European election are widely-anticipated to have been cast to send a clear message of dissatisfaction to the Conservative Party.
Mr. Farage, who has been an MEP for 20 years and a resolved Euro-skeptic, told gathered reporters this morning “ They better listen to what we have to say today or they’ll all be unemployed”.
His comment was believed to be widely aimed at the majority of UK members of Parliament, who have failed to agree on the EU Withdrawal Agreement legislation put forward by Theresa May three times in recent months.
EU Election Timetable
All 28 member countries will be voting between now and May 26th.
The UK and the Netherlands are voting today, followed by Ireland on May 24th and the remaining countries in the following two days.
Unofficial results are expected to be announced sometime after 2200 BST (1700 EST) on Sunday, May 26th.
– Porter Medium will be publishing the results of the European elections and offering opinions on what the results may mean for the future of Europe.