United Kingdom electoral body says reviewing Brexit Party's systems after funding criticism

Clay Curtis
May 24, 2019

A spokesman for Farage said: "Nigel did media interviews on top of the campaign open-top bus and then got off to mix with supporters afterwards, taking photographs and signing boards".

The Brexit Party, formed only this year by eurosceptic figurehead Nigel Farage, is leading the latest opinion polls with 37 per cent of the vote.

In such a fluid situation, the world's fifth largest economy faces an array of options including an orderly exit with a deal, a no-deal exit, an election or a second referendum which could ultimately reverse the 2016 decision to leave the EU.

The election came a day after Prime Minister Theresa May received mounting calls to resign since she has revealed a new offer to move on with Brexit.

"But upon reflection, I have decided I must vote (for) Labour, mainly because I trust them, more than any other party, to deliver Brexit", she said.

The Brexit Party is on course to be the runaway victor in the vote with an Ipsos Mori poll yesterday putting them on 35 per cent. A recent poll showed the party picking up more votes than the Conservatives and Labour Party combined.

Outgoing leader of the Liberal Democrats Sir Vince Cable and his wife Rachel Smith cast his vote in Twickenham and Mr Corbyn voted at a polling station in Islington, north London.

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Results are expected after 2100 GMT on Sunday.

Spain and France get five more seats, Italy and the Netherlands get three, Ireland two and a host of other states - Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Croatia, Sweden, Romania, Slovakia, Austria, Poland - receiving one more seat.

Under the D'Hondt system used in the European elections, voters rank their preferred candidates and an average is taken to determine the winners. "May set to go after Brexit fiasco", read The Sun newspaper's front page, while The Times said: "May prepares to quit after cabinet mutiny".

Theresa May had vowed to usher the United Kingdom out of the European Union by March 29 - but the departure date has been pushed forward to as late as October 31 - meaning the United Kingdom had to take part in the polls under European law.

Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom resigned from the government on Wednesday evening protesting the prime minister's Brexit plans.

Paul Crowther admitted throwing the milkshake and said: "I didn't know he was in town, I thought this is my only chance".

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