Brexiteer Revenge: Tories and Labour Hammered, Le Pen Tops Macron

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It was not a good night for centrists in the UK, France, Italy, or the EU in general.

Let's take a look at the centrist carnage starting with a comparison to 2017.

UK Newspaper Headlines

Remain Parities

Those results show the extreme polarization.

Centrist Parties are the Biggest Losers

The Guardian Live Blog has pertinent comments.

​The centre-left and centre-right blocks are the biggest losers. They will no longer hold a majority in parliament. The current projection from the European parliament is that, between them, those blocks will end up with a total of 329 seats out of 751.

The far right had modest gains overall, but did very well in Italy and France. In Italy, Matteo Salvini’s League romped home, with 28 seats. Second was the socialist PD on 19 seats. In France Marine Le Pen’s National Rally party took 22 seats, ahead of Emmanuel Macron’s Renaissance coalition with 21. In Hungary, Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party took more than half the vote, winning 13 seats, more than three times that of the next party. Those who would group Nigel Farage’s Brexit party under the far-right banner point to his stunning 29-seat win in the UK.

The Greens have done well in Germany and in the UK. In Germany they took 21 seats, making them the second biggest party (after Angela Merkel’s CDU-CSU coalition, which took 29 seats). In Britain, the Green party won seven seats.

History Made

Farage Says No to Boris Johnson

Spain

Results In

The results are in, pretty much as expected in this corner.

  1. The Brexit party came in first place but not as good as some polls predicted.
  2. Le Pen topped Macron by a slim margin.
  3. Salvini did well in Italy

Anti-Brexit Vote

How about the fact that avidly pro-remain parties could only muster 40% of the vote.

Thus 60% want Brexit in one form or another.

This was a good night for Farage.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (35)
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caradoc-again
caradoc-again

I know people, more than a few, that were pro-Brexit but refused to vote this time. "The MEPs will probably only be there until Oct 31st so what's the point".

That might be a few extra % points nationall that just didn't bother whereas Remain turn out would have been "all hands on deck."

Think on.

caradoc-again
caradoc-again

Unfortunately Macron did well so no change likely in Brussells. LePen should have gained more than 1 seat over him.

AndrewUK
AndrewUK

Nigel Farage had a stunning victory. It is amazing that a Party only launched 6 weeks ago could achieve this. Well done.

Six000mileyear
Six000mileyear

Dewey Wins!

RobinBanks
RobinBanks

Peterborough by-election coming up. Brexit Party are now 4/11 with Labour at 3/1. One can only dream that the UK is the first country to get rid of the "Extreme Centre"

themonosynaptic
themonosynaptic

Every by-election or local election in the U.K. when I lived there several decades ago had the same outcome - the Liberals or the Lib/Dems would get a surge wrt their prior general election result and would announce that there was a great shift in British politics. Then the next General Election would come around and everybody would vote Labour or Conservative again.

The Brits, and I strongly suspect many other voters in Europe, don't take these elections seriously. And if they do, it is to express dissatisfaction at the major parties.

If you want to know what the Brits think after three years of Brexit stupidity, the best, most democratic way is to ask them. No deal Brexit or Remain?

For sure the electorate isn't going to fall for lies like the 350 Million Pounds/week for the NHS again, or that Brexit will be easy.

But the Brexit crowd are scared of an educated electorate and will block democracy to implement their wishful brand of "Spitfires Flying Over The White Cliffs of Dover (with the Dambusters theme playing in their heads)" national superiority drivel.

jivefive99
jivefive99

Increasing numbers of elderly people who are on pensions or whatever form of social security, who never had a way to get back at the younger people they both envy and want to shake into understanding, people who watch the news cycle all day long and get madder and madder, millions and millions of them, now have a powerful way of speaking (anonymously) and getting back at the world with no risk to themselves. Those are the results youre seeing these days all around the world. Trump comes to mind immediately. Europe as well.

FromBrussels
FromBrussels

DOWN with the worthless EU institute invented to serve its legally corrupt freeloaders, like Verhofstadt, and the multinationals they lobby for, we ve enough of them on a national level, UNWIND the fckn EU in its present, far too ambitious form, we don t need it AT ALL ....EXITs like BREXIT that s what the european CONTINENT(and its islands) needs ....

Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

Across Europe, at the national government level, the center-right and center-left parties have been forming "grand coalitions" mostly to defy the tilt of the electorate to the right- that tilt being anti-EU. This is hollowing both kinds of parties, and those further right and further left will continue to grow until the electorate is represented by parties that no longer form grand coalitions.

It will be interesting to see what the Tories do in response to this election. I still think they will try to defy Brexit and appoint another Remain PM in Brexit clothing.

Webej
Webej

The election is not a referendum on Brexit, so concluding there is 60% support for Brexit is a gratuitous conclusion. Farage's party will not be able to repeat their success in a general election. This a free (no consequences) opportunity to thumb your nose at the current political culture, with no real policy ramifications for either the UK or the EU.

It is emblematic for the devolution of the UK political scene. No predictions, but don't get your hopes up for UK renewal any time soon.

KidHorn
KidHorn

Elections in foreign countries seem strange to me. Probably because there are more than 2 parties. But in actuality, it's the US that's strange with only 2 parties.