European elections: Salvini courts Brexit Party for anti-EU ‘REVOLUTION' in Brussels
The Deputy Prime Minister of Italy is confident of forming an alliance with Mr Farage in the European Parliament following the EU election. In an interview with La Stampa, Mr Salvini said: “We are already talking to Nigel Farage. We can really make the revolution possible in Europe.” The Brexit Party is forecast to surge to victory and flood Brussels with angry anti-Europe MEPs after the Government failed to deliver Britain’s exit from the bloc.
In the last YouGov poll for The Times, conducted between May 19-21, which surveyed 3,864 British adults, found Mr Farage’s grassroots party was predicted to win 37 percent of the vote.Meanwhile European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker could be set to face an embarrassing result with his party being challenged by a last minute surge from rivals in the European Parliament.The bloc could be set for a major shake-up after Frans Timmermans’ Labor Party sent shockwaves through the EU with a surprise win in the Netherlands on Thursday.Although official results have not yet been revealed, exit polls in the Netherlands point to his Labor Party – part of the S&D group in the EU – winning the lions share of seats in the European Parliament.
It’s a sign of the centre-left gaining momentum, with Mr Timmermans declaring: “It is a signal that has been picked up all across Europe.”The shock win has sent Juncker’s European People’s Party into a frenzy, with leader Manfred Weber “using every hour” to canvas last-minute support for the party.The German will embark on a rally in Munich, less than 24 hours before polls open in Germany and the majority of other member states.Voting continues today across Europe with the people of Latvia, Malta, Slovakia heading to the polling station.
Polls also opened in the Czech Republic yesterday and will close this evening.So far only the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands of the 28 European Union member states have completed their vote in the EU elections.The remaining 21 EU countries including Germany, France and Spain will vote tomorrow.Results will not be announced until Sunday evening when the last polling station on the continent closes.Follow Express.co.uk for live European election updates:
8.33pm update: Tory ‘KICKING’ could lead to no deal Brexit, warns Iain Duncan SmithIain Duncan Smith issued a warning to the Tory party insisting the next leader must implement Brexit and be open to the option of a no deal exit from the EU.The Brexiteer reflected on the failures of both the Labour and Conservative Party ahead of the release of the results of the European elections on Sunday.He said the predicted “kicking” the Tory Party will receive could result in a no deal Brexit becoming an option if Brexit talks start again with a new Tory leader.When asked about restoring confidence in the party the Leave supporter replied: “I am more concerned about the future of my country and democracy rather than party.“Here is the problem, the British people said after being asked, to leave the European Union.“They gave a very strong vote for that and we haven’t delivered that."We were meant to deliver it on March 29 and it didn’t happen so the way forward with votes for the Conservative Party and for the country is we now must get on and deliver Brexit, leave the EU and forge our way.“I am really optimistic and I think the British people are the most flexible, most tolerant and most innovative people on the face of the planet.“I know they will deal with whatever is thrown at them but we need to deliver now on what they said and leave the EU.“Whoever is the candidate needs to pledge that we will be leaving we are not going to delay it, we are not going to extend it, we will leave now."
7.18pm update: Ireland’s Green Party on course for first European Parliament seats in 20 YEARSSupport for the Green Party in Ireland has surged during European elections, putting it in line to take its first seats in the European Parliament for 20 years, an exit poll showed on Saturday.According to a RED C exit poll of 3,230 voters in stations across Ireland for broadcaster RTE/TG4, the Greens were set to win as many as three of the 13 European seats available.Irish Green leader Eamon Ryan said in a statement issued by the European Greens: "We cannot yet count our chickens but the exit polls for the Irish Greens are extremely encouraging."Our MEP candidates Ciaran Cuffe, Saoirse McHugh and Grace O'Sullivan have put their heart and soul into campaigning across the three constituencies over the past few months."He told RTE earlier: "We knew there was going to be a Green vote and it's everywhere; it's rural Ireland, urban Ireland, younger Ireland, older Ireland."It's reflective of a green wave of thinking that's happening all over the world, all across Europe. We were waiting for it to rise here and it has risen today."We still don't know the results obviously. We're going to be close on a couple of the European seats. I think we're in with a chance."
6.10pm update: Alastair Campbell SHUNNED Labour to vote for ‘Remain party’ in European electionsAlastair Campbell has admitted he shunned Labour and instead voted for an unequivocally pro-remain” party in the European elections.Tony Blair’s former spokesman told BBC Radio 5 Live it was the “first time in my life” he did not vote for Labour in an election.He also launched a stinging attack on the party, warning its “policy of riding two horses has failed”.Mr Campbell told Stephen Nolan: “I voted for one of the unequivocally pro-remain, pro-People’s Vote parties and I did that because I think that’s the right thing for the country.“I also think it’s the right thing that the Labour party gets the message that this policy of riding two horses has failed.”
Paul Withers taking over live reporting from Luke Hawker.4.15pm update: Macron against the expansion of the European UnionEmmanuel Macron has declared he is opposed to expanding the European Union beyond its current 28 member states, in what could be seen as damning blow to the EU project.French President has stated he is against creating a “United States of Europe” because the bloc is already “very complicated”.Mr Macron insisted his vision is to enable a much more “united Europe” but one which enable countries to have more say on their domestic policies.In an Interview with Youtube Mr Macron said: “I don’t support complete federalism. I am in favour of a much more united Europe. I believe in national and European sovereignty. That means that we decide our own destiny and we set our own rules.”He added: “I do not want to create the United States of Europe because the heads of state and government still have a role to play.”
2.45pm update: Macron to be taught ‘humility’ if French President suffers losses in EU electionsFrench President Emmanuel Macron will be taught “some humility” if he suffers losses at the European Parliament elections, Jordan Bardella, spokesman for Marine Le Pen’s National Rally has said.Mr Bardella, who previously served as president of the Front National,hit out at Mr Macron’s social policies which has see rioting from yellow vest protestors throughout 2019.He told French newspaper Le Parisien: “If he loses, it will teach him some humility. Then he will have to give up the anti-social reforms he is about to implement.”Mr Bardella also stated it would be a “failure” for the people of France if Mr Macron came out on top in the EU vote.He added: “If Macron comes first, he will feel legitimate and think he has full powers.”
1.20pm update: Le Pen leads President Macron in final poll before EU voteMarine Le Pen's far-right party is set to gain the most votes ahead of French President Emmanuel Macron in the European Parliament election.Ms Le Pen’s National Rally remained in the lead on 24.5 percent whilst Mr Macron’s centralist La Republique En Marche party trailed on 24 percent in the last opinion poll before France goes to the polls tomorrow.The two leading movements were followed by Europe Ecologie-Les Verts on nine percent , France Insoumise on seven-and-a-half percent and the PS-Place Publique on five-and-a-half percent.Meanwhile turnout is expected to be between 43 and 47 percent.The Ipsos/Sopra Steria internet poll for French TV and Radio asked 3,355 potential voters between Wednesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 23.
12.50pm update: Verhofstadt’s desperate plea to voters to reject eurosceptic groupsGuy Verhofstadt has delivered a desperate call for voters to continue to back the EU project and reject challenges from Eurosceptic parties in the European Parliament elections.The European Union Brexit Coordinator has called on Europe to unite as a “European family” as the bloc conclude the EU elections this weekend.Mr Verhofstadt wrote on Twitter: “For the last 70 years, Europeans have been defining their future together: we are a European family! Let’s make sure nobody takes this away from us! #RenewEurope #EUelections2019.”
12.20pm update: Millions of ballot papers sealed as anticipation for EU election result growsMillions of ballot papers in hundreds of sealed boxes around the UK have been pictured from the European Parliament elections.However the much anticipated count will not begin until all 28 European member states have case their votes at the polling station.Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party is forecast to surge to victory after the Government failed to deliver Britain’s exit from the European Union.In the last YouGov poll for The Times the Brexit Party was predicted to win 37 percent of the vote.A result is not expected until 10pm on Sunday.The survey asked 3,864 British adults from May 19-21
11.45am update: Salvini confirms talks with Nigel Farage to create “revolution”Matteo Salvini has confirmed talks have already taken place with Nigel Farage to create a “revolution” across Europe.Deputy Prime Minister of Italy is confident of forming an alliance with the Brexit Party leader in the European Parliament.In an interview with La Stampa, Mr Salvini said: “We are already talking to Nigel Farage. We can really make the revolution possible in Europe.”
11.15am update: Verhofstadt calls for investigation after citizens denied vote in EU electionGuy Verhofstadt has called for an investigation into how thousands of EU nationals and British expats were denied to vote in the European Parliament election.Thousands complained on social media under the hashtag ‘Deniedmyvote’, citing apparent administrative errors by local councils.European Parliament Brexit coordinator said: "Worrying reports of EU citizens in UK being denied the right to vote & told to vote 'at home'. The scale of this apparent problem needs to be investigated."The Electoral Commission said they "understand the frustration" the situation has caused and attributed the problem to the "very short notice" on the UK's participation in the European elections.EU citizens must transfer their vote from their member state to the UK in a process which must be done 12 working days in advance of the poll.It said in a statement: "The very short notice from the Government of the UK's participation in these elections impacted on the time available for awareness of this process amongst citizens, and for citizens to complete the process.”
10.40am update: Labour poised for worst election day in 35 YEARSThe Labour Party is set for its worst election result in decades, according to one of its own MPs.Ben Bradshaw has slammed Labour’s European election campaign as “the most dispiriting” for 35 years.The MP for Exeter since 1997, hit out at Jeremy Corbyn’s lack of clarity on Brexit which he claims has driven away support for Labour.Mr Bradshaw wrote on Twitter: “That was the most dispiriting Election Day in 35 years a Labour member. Our voters are flocking to the Greens & Lib Dems because of their clear & unequivocal support for a #FinalSay #peoplesvote & Remain.“So sad & so avoidable. #BrexitShambles #EUelections2019.”READ MORE: European elections: Corbyn’s DISASTER as Labour poised for worse election day in 35 YEARS
10.20am update: Green Party set for surge in IrelandThe Green Party is set to claim victory in Dublin according to the latest exit poll by Irish broadcaster RTE.The Party’s former junior minister Ciaran Cuffe is forecast to win 23 percent of the vote. The poll also indicates that a candidate from Ireland's largest party, Fine Gael's Sean Kelly, could be re-elected, with the survey of voters in the South constituency putting him on 16 percent.Fine Gael's Mairead McGuinness looks likely to top the poll in the Midlands/North West constituency.The polling firm RedC spoke to 3,230 voters in stations across Ireland.