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EU vote results are the most dramatic upheaval in European politics in 40 years

The results of the European Union election are the most dramatic upheaval in the politics of Europe since the first European Parliament elections 40 years ago.

Across Europe, we have seen a surge of support for the parties of the far-right, but also for the Greens. The moderate conservative and social democrats, who have dominated this parliament for 40 years, have seen their votes slump more dramatically than they feared.

This is clearly going to make for a difficult European parliament with little prospect of cross-party agreements or a consensus emerging about the way to take Europe forward.

But the biggest upheaval was of course in Great Britain. Nigel Farage’s Brexit party came top of the poll with 32 percent of the vote, whilst the Conservatives slipped to fifth place with just nine percent. This is the most stunning decline of any party in my lifetime as it was only two years ago in Britain’s general election that the Tories got 42 percent of the vote. A slump in the vote was almost as bad for the Labour party. At the general election in 2017, they got 40 percent of the vote. This has now slumped to 14. All across the Western world, people have lost trust in the traditional parties that have dominated politics of the post-war world.

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