Shock results: ‘A new Europe is born’
Half a billion Europeans have woken to a new political reality as results from European elections showed an end to dominance of two main political groups for the first time in history.
Results showed the two main groups in the 751 seat European parliament have lost their majority, while greens, liberals, right wing and populist parties scored huge gains across the 28 member states.
Far right parties topped the votes in Italy, France, Britain and Poland, in the highest voter turnout in 20 years, as leaders rode a wave of anger at EU officials over immigration and economic policies.
However provisional results showed there is little change at the overall balance of power, with socialists, greens, liberals and conservatives maintaining control of 506 of the 751 seats.
Italy's Interior Minister and leader of the far-right League party Matteo Salvini scored one third of the national vote and hailed the results by saying "a new Europe is born".
"Not only is the League the first party in Italy, but also Marine Le Pen is the first party in France, Nigel Farage is the first party in the UK," he told reporters. "The results confirm our expectations, the celebration won't be long, it's time for responsibility."
Poland's eurosceptic Law and Justice party won 45 per cent of the national vote, while Marine Le Pen's anti-immigration National Rally, beat President Emmanuel Macron's En Marche party by a one point margin with both scoring 23 seats in the European Parliament.
Le Pen said the result "confirms the new nationalist-globalist division" in France and called for Macron to "dissolve the National Assembly".
EU28: Ladies and gentlemen, the new European Parliament!— Europe Elects (@EuropeElects) May 27, 2019
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In Britain, Nigel Farage's Brexit Party which was launched just six weeks ago scored 36 per cent of the vote with a hardline message to take Britain out of the EU on October 31.
The Liberal Democrats and Greens also gained as projected, while the results were a disaster for the governing Conservative Party, who scored less than 10 per cent of the vote.
Mr Farage said it showed a "massive message" for politicians and said his party are ready to stand for a UK general election.
"We want to be part of the negotiating team. We want to take responsibility for what it's happening and we're ready to do so. I hope the government is listening."
"We're not just here to leave the European Union but to try and fundamentally change the shape of British politics, bring it into the 21st century and get a Parliament that better reflects the country," Farage said.
Conservative leadership hopeful Boris Johnson described the result as a "crushing rebuke" for the government.
"If we go on like this, we will be fired: dismissed from the job of running the country," he wrote in The Telegraph.