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Post EU Parliamentary Elections: Will the British Results Carry Over to the Next General Election?
Created by John Eipper on 05/28/19 3:19 AM

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EU Parliamentary Elections: Will the British Results Carry Over to the Next General Election? (John Heelan, UK, 05/28/19 3:19 am)

Tim Ashby wrote on May 27th: "The Brexit Party certainly triumphed in terms of inflicting a stinging defeat on the Conservative and Labour parties." However, if one examines the voting figures a little more closely, one finds that Brexit's remarkable percentage gains are lessened by the percentage losses of UKIP switching their votes to the Brexit Party.

Whether the surprising resurgence of the Liberal Democrat party would turn into electoral success might be questioned (I voted for them in the past) when one remembers both Clegg (the then leader) and Cable (the current leader) reneged on the manifesto promise about student loans, costing my family many tens of thousands of pounds, reminding me of the old political jibe often aimed at Blair: "Fool me once: silly YOU: Fool me twice: silly ME!"

Further, the decline of trust in the political class of Westminster (one of the reasons for the success of the Brexit Party) might besmirch all parties in the next General Election.

Another aspect is the rise of nationalist parties in the EU.

JE comments:  I was asleep at the switch:  I thought UKIP was the Brexit Party, but I now see that they are separate entities.  Is the "BP" a one-issue only party for the recent European Parliamentary elections?  Why the schism with UKIP?

And how do we explain the rebirth of the Liberal Democrats?  Is it a default reaction to combined May/Tory and Corbyn fatigue?

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