Marine Le Pen’s euroskeptic National Rally have topped the European election vote in France, early results published Monday showed, narrowly beating the centrist alliance of President Emmanuel Macron. National Rally, a re-branding of Le Pen’s National Front has taken 22 seats, beating Macron’s party by just one seat.
“During the referendum campaign, I said I want my country back. What I’m saying today is I want my life back, and it begins right now,” Farage told reporters.
The outcome of the referendum has created chaos inside the top echelons of British politics, fractured relations with the 27 other nations in the EU and weakened the country’s economy.
“The losers cannot contain their scorn for the result, nor repress their anger at the anti-immigrant, xenophobic Little Englanders whose views prevailed.”
Why this sudden explosion? Paul Bagguley, a sociologist based at the University of Leeds, points to the gleeful tone of the racism: “There is a kind of celebration going on; it’s a celebratory racism.”
The beauty of an uprising like the Brexit vote is that it makes the political and media elites who govern our lives look like fools.
Speaking to CNN from Brussels, Mr Farage told US viewers to “imagine if a court in Mexico could overrule, and imagine if you had free movement of people with Mexico”.
The parties have disparate motivations and sit on both sides of the political spectrum, but they share a common sense of discontent about EU austerity and a nationalist bent that often favours Islamophobic and anti-immigrant rhetoric.
There are hints that what happened in Britain on Thursday night was driven by economic exclusion, political alienation and fears about immigration. Precisely the sorts of things Trudeau has seemed eager to be seen as standing against.
“We respect the choice the people of the United Kingdom have made,” said Clinton’s statement.