So by far the largest vote in the European Elections in Wales went to an Anglo-British right wing party that has no policies no membership and is run like a corporate company.
It is a plot worthy of a Dystopian Science Fiction novel. Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party now has two Welsh MEPs after a sweeping victory in the European elections in Wales, winning in 19 of the 22 council areas.
Plaid Cymru kept its MEP, coming second, with third-placed Labour taking the fourth seat, ahead of the Lib Dems.
Brexit Party MEP Nathan Gill said it was a “very strong message from Wales – we want our Brexit and we want it now”.
The Tories lost their seat and dropped to fifth in the vote, just ahead of the Green Party, UKIP and Change UK.
It means Mr Gill, first elected in 2014 under the UKIP banner, retains his seat in Brussels as a Brexit Party MEP, alongside his new party colleague James Wells.
Mr Gill said only his party was “committed to respecting the vote of the people of Wales” to leave the EU in the 2016 referendum.
Jill Evans stays as Plaid Cymru’s MEP and Jackie Jones replaces Derek Vaughan and retains Labour’s Welsh seat in the European Parliament.
It is the first time Plaid has beaten the Labour Party in a Wales-wide election, and only the second time Labour has lost such a poll in a century.
Plaid leader Adam Price said the result “shows that the tectonic plates of Welsh politics are shifting”.
“Support for the Westminster establishment parties is crumbling and Plaid Cymru is preparing to form the next government of Wales in 2021,” he added.
Yes but in what direction/
Vote totals and share
Brexit Party – 271,404 – 32.5%
Plaid Cymru – 163,928 – 19.6%
Labour – 127,833 – 15.3%
Lib Dems – 113,885 – 13.6%
Conservatives – 54,587 – 6.5%
Green – 52,660 – 6.3%
UKIP – 27,566 – 3.3%
Change UK – 24,332 – 2.9%
Plaid did win in three areas with Gwynedd producing a totally different result from the rest of Wales see all here.
Plaid Cymru: 50.8%
Brexit Party: 22.3%
Lib Dems: 6.3%
Green Party: 5.1%
Change UK: 1.4%
But that does not hide the fact that by far the largest numbers of Welsh voters have decided to plump for Farage’s “Party”.
Unlike Scotland where he SNP is on course to increase its number of MEPs from two to three in the European elections amid a collapse in support for Scottish Labour.
With 31 of the 32 Scottish council areas having declared their results, the SNP has 37.9% of the votes – up from 29% in the last EU election.
Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party has the second most votes and will have one MEP, as will the Lib Dems and Tories.
Labour is fifth with just 9.3% of the votes – down from 26% in 2014.
It means Labour will lose both of its MEPs in Scotland.
The Western Isles will not declare its result until later on Monday, but it is unlikely to affect the overall Scottish result.
True Plaid’s second place means that it can argue that it is the main challenger to Farage’s Xenophobic platform and it could mean that Wales is heading in the same way as Scotland in that politics is split between Left leaning emocraticatc Independistas and Right Wing Unionist. but we clearly have a long way to go.