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Southampton - 26 May 2019
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1. SOUNDBITE (English) Nigel Farage, Brexit Party leader:
"Well a big win for the Brexit Party, that's very clear. A terrible night for the Conservative party, but look at Labour as well. Look at what the Brexit Party has done to Labour in Wales and the North East of England so this is a big, big message, a big wake-up call to Westminster. Will they listen?"
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Nigel Farage, Brexit Party leader:
"Well we're a new party, we launched six weeks ago so I am very pleased with what we've achieved. But from here it's on to Peterborough, getting 650 candidates ready for the next general election and we go on."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Nigel Farage, Brexit Party leader:
"If there was a second referendum the leave side would win again but the real issue here is, is we've got a deadline of the 31st of October. That is the date upon which we are supposed to leave the European Union, that's in five months' time and what we're saying, is, we've got a mandate now, we demand to be part of that negotiating team to get this country ready to leave whatever the circumstances."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Nigel Farage, Brexit Party leader:
"Firstly we're going to be in Brussels, secondly we've got some very high calibre businessmen and businesswomen used to putting deals together. We've got to get on with this. "
The first official British results in the European Parliament election bear out predictions of victory for the Brexit Party led by anti-EU campaigner Nigel Farage.
The tally from northeast England, the first of the U.K.'s 12 regions to report, gives the single-issue party, launched just weeks ago, 39% of the vote.
The left-of-center Labour Party, which has traditionally dominated the region, got 19% of the vote, down sharply from 2014.
The pro-EU Liberal Democrats, campaigning to stop Brexit, more than doubled their share to 17% of the vote, while and the governing Conservatives got just 7%, one point behind the Greens.
Many U.K. voters are apparently using the election to protest at Britain's Brexit deadlock.
Farage said from Southampton that the results show that his Brexit party now has "a mandate" to be "part of that negotiating team to get this country ready to leave (the EU) whatever the circumstances."
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