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Eurosceptic parties would see a sharp rise in support in the European elections, according to new projections published by the European Parliament, with Nigel Farage's newly formed Brexit Party showing a surge.
While the British Labour party would lead the elections by securing 19 seats (26.5% of votes) and the Conservatives trail in second with 12 seats (16.5% of votes), it is Eurosceptic parties within the UK and the EU that are showing strength.
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The Brexit Party and UKIP party, each with 13.5% of votes, would collectively hold 19 seats in EU Parliament, according to the projections.
It's likely the Brexit Party will make further gains. The European Parliament forecasts included polls carried out up until April 15, and therefore does not include the latest YouGov poll published on Thursday that found the Brexit Party would leapfrog to the top the polls with 27%, beating out Labour (22%) and the Conservatives (15%).
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Two right-wing groups in Parliament, the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) and Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF), will make gains — with big surges forecast in Italy in particular.
Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini's Lega party, which is aligned with ENF, would secure 31.4% of votes (26 seats), while the 5-Star Movement, which is housed within the EFDD, would take home 21.5% of votes (18 seats). That's a huge leap considering the...
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