European election result: Farage threatens to unleash Brexit Party at general election

Mr Farage, whose Brexit Party stormed to victory at the elections, demanded a role in the next round of negotiations with the EU as the Tories have repeatedly failed to deliver on the Brexit vote, with delay after delay. He said: “If we don’t leave on October 31 then the scores you have seen for the Brexit Party today will be repeated in a general election, and we are getting ready for it.” Mr Farage, who was re-elected as an MEP in the South East, also warned his his Brexit Party could “stun everybody” if Britain fails to leave the EU by the next national poll. He said: “We’re getting ready.

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“Listen, I’m off to the office now, we’ve got 650 candidates to interview, vet.

“And we’re not just here to leave the European Union but to try and fundamentally change the shape of British politics, bring it into the 21st century and get a Parliament that better reflects the country.”

Asked if he could replicate the strong result in a general election, he said: “Let’s put it like this: March 29 was a big, significant day, everyone knew that was the day we were supposed to leave and we didn’t. October 31 will become that next date embedded in people’s memory.

“If we don’t leave on October 31 then the Brexit Party could stun everybody in a general election, too.”

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Speaking last night Mr Farage last night also declared: “This is a big, big message, a big wake-up call to Westminster. Will they listen? Never before in British politics has a new party launched just six weeks ago topped the polls at a national election.

“The reason of course is very obvious. We voted to leave in a referendum. We were supposed to do so on March 29 and we haven’t.”

The Brexit Party leader also said he had won the most seats in the European election because of his “simple message”.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this morning: “We set it up and of course we had no ground campaign, no branches, and yet with a big, simple message, which is we’ve been badly let down by two parties who have broken their promises, we have topped the poll in a fairly dramatic style…

“If you look across the country it’s about 52:48 – we’re pretty much where we were three years ago.

“Things haven’t changed, people haven’t changed their minds.”

Brexit Party stormed to victory in England and Wales with around 33 percent of the vote, Lib Dems trailed behind on 21 percent, Labour on 15 percent and the Greens on 12 percent.

The Tories, who are on course for their worst ever national election share once the full picture from Scotland becomes clear, dropped to just 9 percent.

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