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The Brexit vote: Here are all the MEPs elected for Britain and Northern Ireland
Great Britain and Northern Ireland will send 73 MEPs back to Brussels.

LAST UPDATE | May 27th 2019, 6:59 PM

ALMOST THREE YEARS ago, the British population voted to leave the European Union. 

On 2 July, the UK will send 73 MEPs back to Brussels from 12 regions, including Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. 

However, many of them will belong to the eurosceptic Brexit Party and its leader Nigel Farage as they enjoy a 31.7% share of the vote. The Conservative Party and Labour had a bad night, with many predicting complete collapses in certain areas. 

Turnout across the UK was low, with just 37% of registered voters going to the polls. That’s still about three percentage points higher than 2014.   

All regions have declared final results now. The votes are based on party preference, and the first candidate of the party who tops the poll gets the first seat, and so on.

The Brexit Party has surpassed expectations securing 29 seats, while the Liberal Democrats has seen 16 candidates elected and Labour 10. The Green Party has seven seats, with the Conservative Party on four, the Scottish National Party on three, and Plaid Cymru on one. 

Sinn Féin’s Martina Anderson, the Alliance Party’s Naomi Long and the DUP’s Diane Dodds are Northern Ireland‘s three MEPs. 

‘History has been made’

Farage was jubilant, tweeting that “history has been made” and that “this is just the beginning”.

Speaking in Southampton, he said the new party won for a clear reason.

“We voted to leave in a referendum. We were supposed to do so on 29 March and we haven’t. There’s a huge message here,” he said.

The Brexit party leader also said he wants members of his party to be part of the UK’s negotiating team with the EU.

Joy for Liberal Democrats

It wasn’t exclusively hard Brexiteers celebrating the result, however.

The Liberal Democrats also enjoyed a fine election, coming in second place with 20% of the vote and increasing their seats on 2014.

Its leader Vince Cable said: “We have shown ourselves to be the strongest ‘Remain’ force in British politics.

There is a clear lesson for Labour in tonight’s results: get off the fence.

Throughout the campaign, the Liberal Democrats used the slogan “Bollocks to Brexit”, and also secured a strong showing in local elections on 3 May. 

While the Conservatives knew they were facing a drubbing and barely bothered to campaign, Labour was also punished for refusing to spell out whether it still wanted Britain to be in or out of the EU.

Labour lost to the Liberal Democrats in the borough of Islington in London that Corbyn represents in the UK parliament.

And the Conservatives were beaten by the Brexit Party and the Liberal Democrats in May’s Windsor and Maidenhead constituency in England’s South East.

Labour also collected less than half the votes of the surging Brexit Party in Wales, where the party had lost just once since 1918.

“This issue will have to go back to the people, whether through a general election or a public vote,” Corbyn said in a statement.

“Labour will bring our divided country together so we can end austerity and tackle inequality,” he said.

The 12 electoral areas

East Midlands (5 MEPs)

  • Annunziata Rees-Mogg, the Brexit Party
  • Jonathan Bullock, the Brexit Party
  • Matthew Patten, the Brexit Party
  • William Newton Dunn, Liberal Democrat
  • Rory Palmer, Labour

East of England (7 MEPs)

  • Richard Tice, the Brexit Party
  • Michael Heaver, the Brexit Party
  • June Mummery, the Brexit Party
  • Barbara Gibson, Liberal Democrat
  • Lucy Nethsingha, Liberal Democrat
  • Catherine Rowett, Green 
  • Geoffrey Van Orden, Conservative

London (8 MEPs)

  • Irina Von Wiese, Liberal Democrat
  • Dinesh Dhamija, Liberal Democrat
  • Luisa Porritt, Liberal Democrat
  • Claude Moraes, Labour
  • Sebastian Dance, Labour
  • Benyamin Habib, the Brexit Party
  • Lance Forman, the Brexit Party
  • Scott Ainslie, Green

North East (3 MEPs)

  • Brian Monteith, the Brexit Party
  • John Tennant, the Brexit Party
  • Jude Kirton-Darling, Labour

North West (8 MEPs)

  • Claire Fox, the Brexit Party
  • Theresa Griffin, Labour
  • Chris Davies, Liberal Democrat
  • Henrik Nielsen, the Brexit Party
  • Gina Dowding, Green
  • Julie Ward, Labour
  • David Bull, the Brexit Party
  • Jane Brophy, Liberal Democrat

Northern Ireland (3 MEPs)

  • Diane Dodds, the DUP
  • Naomi Long, Alliance Party
  • Martina Anderson, Sinn Féin

Scotland (6 MEPs) 

  • Alyn Smith, the Scottish National Party (SNP)
  • Christian Allard, the Scottish National Party (SNP)
  • Aileen McLeod, the Scottish National Party (SNP)
  • Louis Stedman-Bryce, the Brexit Party
  • Sheila Ritchie, Liberal Democrat
  • Baroness Nosheena Mobarik, Conservative

South East (10 MEPs) 

  • Nigel Farage, the Brexit Party
  • Alexandra Phillips, the Brexit Party
  • Robert Rowland, the Brexit Party
  • Belinda De Camborne Lucy, the Brexit Party
  • Catherine Bearder, Liberal Democrat
  • Antony Hook, Liberal Democrat
  • Judith Bunting, Liberal Democrat
  • Alexandra Phillips, Green
  • Daniel Hannan, Conservative
  • John Howarth, Labour 

South West (6 MEPs) 

  • Ann Widdecombe, the Brexit Party
  • James Glancy, the Brexit Party
  • Christina Jordan, the Brexit Party
  • Caroline Voaden, Liberal Democrat
  • Martin Horwood, Liberal Democrat
  • Molly Scott Cato, Green 

Wales (4 MEPs) 

  • Nathan Gill, the Brexit Party
  • James Wells, the Brexit Party
  • Jill Evans, Plaid Cymru
  • Jacqueline Jones, Labour

West Midlands (7 MEPs)

  • Rupert Lowe, Brexit Party
  • Martin Daubney, Brexit Party
  • Andrew Kerr, Brexit Party
  • Neena Gill, Labour
  • Phil Bennion, Liberal Democrat 
  • Ellie Chowns, Green
  • Anthea McIntyre, Conservative

Yorkshire and the Humber (6 MEPs) 

  • John Longworth, Brexit Party
  • Lucy Harris, Brexit Party
  • Jake Pugh, Brexit Party
  • Richard Corbett, Labour
  • Shaffaq Mohammed, Liberal Democrat
  • Magid Magid, Green

With reporting from Sean Murray and Gráinne Ní Aodha

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