Italy’s Lega party and Marine Le Pen’s National Rally both claimed victory after a dramatic night of European Election results.
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Exit polls showed Matteo Salvini’s Lega to be in first place for the EU Election in Italy, polling between 27% – 31%.
The party, which takes a firm stance against illegal immigration and is broadly Eurosceptic, had a clear lead with a third of the votes counted.
Italy: 31% counted.
— Europe Elects (@EuropeElects) May 27, 2019
Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini tweeted “thank you Italy”.
Una sola parola: GRAZIE Italia! 🇮🇹 pic.twitter.com/PEmaNvCpNJ
— Matteo Salvini (@matteosalvinimi) May 26, 2019
Meanwhile, France’s National Rally won 22 seats in the European Parliament, one more than Emmanuel Macron’s party.
Marine Le Pen celebrated by saying “thank you to all those who have mobilized: this victory, it is you who made it possible!”
J'y vois #LaVictoireDuPeuple qui, avec fierté et dignité, a repris ce soir le pouvoir.
Un grand mouvement pour l'alternance est né. » pic.twitter.com/i7tXnKLoMB
— Marine Le Pen (@MLP_officiel) May 26, 2019
European politics, as in the UK, is shifting rapidly.