Brexit Party wins big in UK election

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Brexit Party wins big in UK election
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Brexit Party wins big in UK election
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The United Kingdom’s Brexit Party, founded just six months ago, won big during Thursday’s UK election of European Parliament. The results, announced Sunday, saw the new party win a total of 29 seats. The Liberal Democrats, the runner-up in the election, won only 16 seats.

The rise of the Brexit Party’s popularity in the UK was fueled by the political reaction to 2016’s Brexit vote. The UK was originally supposed to leave the European Union by March 29, 2019. However, the deadline was extended until at least Halloween.

The Brexit Party is led by outspoken politician Nigel Farage. The veteran lawmaker was a founding member of UK Independence Party, also known as the UKIP. Farage was first elected to the European Parliament in 1999,  winning re-election in 2004, 2009, and 2014. He has remained in the political spotlight ever since.

President Trump has since congratulated the Brexit Party on their big win. The president also complimented Farage, calling him a friend, a good guy, and an interesting person. President Trump said he might meet with Farage when he visits the UK in June.

“Nigel’s had a big victory, he picked up 32 percent of the vote starting from nothing, and I think they’re big powers over there — I think they’ve done a good job,” President Trump told reporters.

President Trump has weighed-in several times in the past about Brexit, speaking favorably about the movement.  In 2016, he tweeted that people would soon be calling him “Mr. Brexit!” The president has also condemned the European Union for their reaction toward the Brexit movement.

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