British and Dutch citizens went to the polls on Thursday to choose who will lead Europe for the next 5 years.
Official election results will not be published until Sunday, but exit polls released on Thursday in the Netherlands revealed a surprising electoral blow for the Dutch anti-EU party PVV, indicating it came fourth.
In the UK, things look quite different. Results of local elections in England, which were held the same day as the EU elections, showed a surge of votes for the eurosceptic UKIP party, at the expense of both the Conservatives and Labour.
“Things will never be quite the same again.” JOURNALIST: “Are you quite confident about them?” Nigel Farage: “Oh… Reasonably” JOURNALIST: “Did you sleep alright?” Nigel Farage: “Yeah, I had trouble waking up this morning. I thought what on earth do I do?” said UKIP leader Nigel Farage.
Aside from wanting Britain to leave the EU, Farage has also won public support by criticizing free movement of citizens across the EU, as immigration is perceived by many Britons as too high.
“Twenty minutes ago, the immigration figures were out. 526,000 people settled in this country last year. It’s just impossible, we cannot go on with numbers like that.” said UKIP leader Nigel Farage.
Ireland and the Czech Republic are holding elections on Friday. All other EU member states will cast their votes over the weekend.