European Elections: Farage’s party on course to come first in UK, Dutch Labor Party unexpected winner in the Netherlands

epaselect epa07593840 Leader of The Brexit Party, Nigel Farage arrives to cast his vote in the European elections at a polling station in Biggin Hill, Kent, Britain, 23 May 2019. The European Parliament election is held by member countries of the European Union (EU) from 23 to 26 May 2019. EPA-EFE/VICKIE FLORES

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As the UK and the Netherlands voted in the European Parliament elections on Thursday, exit polls gave the first indication of how the vote went.

The Brexit Party of Nigel Farage is on course to win more than a third of votes in the European elections, a new poll has suggested.

Ipsos MORI found that 35pc of registered voters who say they are certain to vote would support Nigel Farage’s new party on Thursday.

The Liberal Democrats are set to come second, according to the figures, with 20pc of those questioned saying they would support the pro-Remain group.

Labour is forecast to win 15pc of the votes, with the Tories’ share predicted to be 9pc.

Ukip and Change UK are on course to win 3pc of the votes each, while the Greens are forecast to take 10pc.

European Parliament elections in the Netherlands
First Vice-President of the European Commission and European Commissioner for Better Regulation, Interinstitutional Relations, Frans Timmermans, prepares to cast his vote at the polling station in Heerlen, The Netherlands. EPA-EFE/MARCEL VAN HOORN

In the Netherlands, the Dutch Labor Party of Frans Timmermans, the center-left candidate for European Commission president, is the unexpected winner of the European Parliament election in the Netherlands, according to an exit poll.

The party won five out of 26 seats with more than 18 percent of the vote, doubling its result compared to the last European election in 2014.

That means that the Dutch social democrats will be a larger force on EU level than Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s liberal party, which came second on 14 percent, and Thierry Baudet’s upstart Euroskeptic Forum for Democracy (FvD), which came fourth on 11 percent.

Ahead of the election, the Social Democrats had been projected to come third with three seats, with Rutte’s and Baudet’s parties expected to win five seats each.

Via Politico/The Independent


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