The European elites are trying to spin these defeats by saying things like “Because the Brexit Party didn’t get 50% of the vote, despite being only a few months old, the right has failed!”
I just don’t see it. Even five years ago, these kinds of victories would have been unthinkable. Instead, we’re seeing more and more of them and they are getting bigger and bigger:
Far-right and Eurosceptic parties are on course to win more European Parliament seats than ever before after voters across the continent left their nations’ rulers with bloody noses.
The surge, which also saw an upturn in support for Greens amid the highest turnout in 25 years, will also help to break the majority held by the two largest centre-right and centre-left groups of parties for 40 years.
Anti-immigration parties, such as those led by Marine Le Pen in France and Matteo Salvini in Italy, were set to take around a quarter of seats.
In one of the campaign’s most symbolic clashes, Miss Le Pen’s National Rally got around 24 per cent of votes, seeing off French President Emmanuel Macron’s En Marche party, which got about 22.5 per cent.
Miss Le Pen declared her success a ‘victory for the French people’, adding that the expected result ‘confirms the new nationalist-globalist division’ in France and beyond.
‘It is the President and his policies that are rejected,’ Ms Le Pen said in a celebratory speech soon after results started to appear at 8pm.
She added: ‘The French people have made their voice heard with unexpected force. This is immensely satisfying for all of those who have never ceased to believe in France.’