After a bizarre lead-up to the European elections which were not even expected to take place in the UK saw milkshakes being hurled at a number of right-wing politicians, the results are finally in.
Across the country, the elections unfolded according to predictions with the Brexit Party winning big and the Lib Dems and the Green Party making gains. While Labour and the Conservatives suffered heavy losses.
And across Europe centrists saw their power dilute as voters instead rewarded the Greens and the far right.
Here are five things we learned from this year’s elections:
1. The Brexit Party is the undoubted winner
As expected, Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party swept to a resounding victory with 32 per cent of the vote.
The party, which was formally launched just six weeks ago, received the highest share of the vote in nine of the 10 regions in England and Wales.
Here we go: the final vote shares for Great Britain. #EP2019 https://t.co/RR93tugcy8
5. The Greens enjoyed a wave of support across the continent
The Greens nearly doubled their vote from the last election to finish on 21 per cent, putting them ahead of the Social Democrats.
It comes after 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg inspired young people across Europe to take to the streets to demand action on climate change.
The Greens did best in northern European countries and came second in the German elections behind Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU conservatives. The Greens also took seats in Finland and Denmark, won their first two seats in Ireland in two decades, and came third place in France’s elections.
A #GreenWave has swept the European Parliament. Thank you for the amazing results so far:
💚 Historic number of Gre… https://t.co/Lnc5AVJ2Sg