Tue. Jun 18th, 2019

Factbox: A United Kingdom divided over Brexit – early results of the EU election

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LONDON (Reuters) – Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party was set to sweep to victory in the European election, with both Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives and the opposition Labour Party losing support across the country, early results showed.

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WHAT DO THE PRELIMINARY RESULTS SHOW?

Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party is on course to win while smaller pro-European Union parties are also gaining. Both the Conservatives and Labour are losing support. A BBC projection put the pro-EU Liberal Democrats on second place.

Results from the North West

Party % of votes

Brexit Party 31

Labour 22

Liberal Democrats 17

Green 12

Conservatives 8

UKIP 4

Change UK 3

Results from the South East:

Party % of votes

Brexit Party 36

Liberal Democrats 26

Green 14

Conservative 10

Labour 7

Change UK 4

UKIP 2

Results from the South West

Party % of votes

Brexit Party 37

Liberal Democrats 23

Green 18

Conservative 9

Labour 7

UKIP 3

Change UK 3

Results from Wales:

Party % of votes

Brexit Party 32

Plaid Cymru 20

Labour 15

Liberal Democrats 14

Conservative 7

Green 6

UKIP 3

Results from Yorkshire & Humber

Party % of votes

Brexit Party 36

Labour 16

Liberal Democrats 16

Green 13

Conservative 7

YP 4

Change UK 2

Results from London:

Party % of votes

Liberal Democrats 27

Labour 24

Brexit Party 18

Green 12

Conservative 8

Change UK 5

AWP 1

Results from West Midlands:

Party % of votes

Brexit Party 38

Labour 17

Liberal Democrats 16

Green 11

Conservative 10

UKIP 5

Change UK 3

Results from East of England:

Party % of votes

Brexit Party 38

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Liberal Democrats 23

Greens 13

Conservative 10

Labour 9

Change UK 4

ED 1

Results from the North East:

Party % of votes

Brexit Party 39

Labour 19

Liberal Democrats 17

Greens 8

Conservative 7

UKIP 6

Change UK 4

WHO GETS ELECTED?

The United Kingdom is divided into 12 electoral regions – nine in England, and one each for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. In total it will elect 73 MEPs (Members of the European Parliament).

WHAT SYSTEM IS USED?

In Britain, parties submit a list of candidates for each region and voters select a party rather than an individual candidate, unless they are backing an independent.

As the seats are allocated to a party, they in turn allocate them to candidates starting from the top of their list.

In Northern Ireland, as votes are counted the candidate with the least votes in eliminated and their votes redistributed. This is repeated until there are only the required number of candidates left for the number of seats available.

ISN’T THE UK LEAVING THE EU?

Britain is taking part in the elections because it delayed the date of its exit from the EU, but its MEPs will leave the parliament when Brexit happens.

WHAT WERE THE RESULTS IN 2014?

Turnout: 35.6 percent

MEPs % of

votes

UK Independence Party 24 26.77

Labour 20 24.74

Conservative 19 23.31

Green 3 7.67

Scottish National Party 2 2.4

Liberal Democrat 1 6.69

Sinn Féin 1 0.66

Democratic Unionist Party 1 0.54

Plaid Cymru 1 0.69

Ulster Unionist Party 1 0.35

Sources: UK Electoral Commission, European Parliament, regional election officials

Writing by Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton

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