Leading Brexit Party reveals dissatisfaction with mired exit talks

2019-05-12 20:32

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by Xinhua writer Gui Tao

LONDON, May 12 (Xinhua) -- British eurosceptic Nigel Farage and his party have once again successfully cemented themselves as the main voice for dissatisfied voters in Britain.

Recent opinion polls have shown that Farage's newly-founded Brexit Party may win more votes in the coming European elections than Britain's two biggest parties combined.

The ex-leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), a key figure in forcing Britain's 2016 referendum on European Union (EU) membership three years ago, shocked Westminster again.

It was Farage who led the UKIP to victory in the last European Parliament elections in 2014, the first time that neither the Conservatives nor Labour topped the ballot in a nationwide election since 1906.

Capitalizing on a clear pro-Brexit position, Farage is projected to hold at least one third of the votes in the coming European parliament election.

There must be a reason behind the popularity of the man and his party, whom some media portray as the mouthpiece of angry, malcontent British voters.

Leaving the EU is the first step, if not the last, to solve Britain's problems, according to advocates of Farage and his Brexit Party that was launched in April.

Brexit has torn apart support for the big, traditionally competitive parties. It is obvious that a significant chunk of voters who backed the Conservatives in the last general election are now dismayed with the party's Brexit strategy and the lengthy Brexit process and mired negotiations. Their defections to the Brexit Party have contributed to one of the worst performances by a ruling party in the European parliament election.

The latest case in point of the growing disenchantment among Tory supporters is Jeremy Hosking, a prominent City of London financier and one of the Conservative Party's most prominent financial backers, who reportedly donated 200,000 pounds (259,919 U.S. dollars) to the Brexit Party.

Earlier this month, voters vented their fury over the ongoing Brexit stalemate during the local elections. The two major parties have undergone a drubbing at the ballot boxes.

The punishment continues.

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