Theresa May today dramatically pulled the vote on her hated Brexit Bill as she came closer to quit as a Tory leader.
MPs have been told that the legislation will not be published tomorrow and that the second reading will not take place in the first week of June – despite the fact that the PM has previously set the timetable.
The humiliating retreat is the clearest sign that time is running out of power for Mrs. May, after a comprehensive Tory mutiny about her offer for the Commons to vote on whether or not to hold a new Brexit referendum.
Commons leader Andrea Leadsom resigned last night and half a dozen other high ministers – including Jeremy Hunt, Sajid Javid and Penny Mordaunt – were ready to follow the example.
The Prime Minister's spokesperson today confirmed the turnaround and said: & # 39; She listens to colleagues & # 39; s & # 39 ;.
It's because millions of British voters go to the polls to judge Ms. May's failure to deliver the Brexit, while her own MEPs warned that they will all be wiped out when they & # 39; the end of us party & # 39; spell.
Mrs. May sits on Downing Street and the Tories predict that she will get 12 percent of the vote in the European elections – 23 points behind Nigel Farage Brexit Party, who account for 35 percent.
The Prime Minister's party is also after Labor and the Liberal Democrats, the latest opinion poll before the election today has revealed, but they may actually curtail the Greens. Some polls showed that the Tories could only win seven percent of the votes – their lowest share in history.
Calls by Tory MPs for the Prime Minister to stop after the polls end at 10 p.m. have tolerated fever attacks with former loyalist May, Sir David Evennett, an MP from Southeast London: & Theresa May must resign now . We need a new prime minister, a new cabinet and a new approach to the Brexit. & # 39;
She is now faced with overwhelming pressure to fall on her sword tomorrow when she meets the president of the powerful Tory 1922 commission, Sir Graham Brady.
If she refuses to set a timetable to resign as a leader, the committee will almost certainly change the rules to allow a new motion of censure – in which she is doomed to beat.
A cheering Nigel Farage outside a polling station in Kent today with his Brexit party apparently racing for victory
Theresa May in the back entrance of Downing Street last night, while her own MPs tried to take her out on the eve of today
Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable and his wife Rachel Smith are voting in Twickenham today
Tories have predicted that the party's candidates will be wiped out in the current Euro-election with North-West MEP Sajjad Karim. Today his party warns that he will regret that people can vote today by not delivering the Brexit and that the candidates have become adrift.
He said: & # 39; We will be destroyed, the conservative party will be destroyed. It was just about the case to send in the foot soldiers and the generals left the battlefield. It was pretty clear that those who were supposed to support us on the battlefield were all abandoned, and the candidates were all left there looking for where the next round of bullets would come from & # 39 ;.
The secret poll of MPs to get rid of May
The powerful commission of 1922 held a secret vote last night about whether or not to force Theresa May from number 10, the Post understands.
The executive power of & # 39; men in gray suits & # 39; agreed to decide whether they should change the rules and a second & # 39; no confidence & # 39; allowed within the premier within six months.
According to the existing rules, she would be safe for a year, but the committee was under pressure from MPs to allow an action against her.
The votes will only be opened if Mrs May refuses to stop tomorrow after the European elections.
She has agreed to meet Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the committee, to talk about her future, and MPs will only open the ballot papers and consider changing the rules if she fails.
According to one source, Sir Graham argued in favor of changing the rules during the meeting of the 18-member executive. He said it would create a precedent that could undermine future leaders.
The current rules enable a storyteller to be confronted with a motion of no confidence by MPs once every 12 month period.
A vote is triggered when 15 percent of MPs write letters to the committee chairman from 1922. The leader must then win a simple majority of MPs in a secret vote to remain in office.
In December, an attempted coup d'etat by Euro-skeptic Tory MPs proved to be short with 117 votes against and 200 in favor.
But MEPs who are against Mrs May have since called for a change in the rules so that she can be removed from office with a new vote within six months.
And in private messages, fellow Brussels resident Tory Daniel Hannan said that conservatives would no longer have MEPs if voters flock to Nigel Farage's new party.
He also warned that the Tories were confronted with & # 39; the end of our party & # 39; and the election of a Corbyn government.
Mr Hannan, representing South East England, commented on a WhatsApp group for Tory activists. & # 39; I don't expect us to end up with any MEPs & # 39 ;, he wrote. & # 39; Unfortunately, this will give Corbyn an unstoppable momentum and, paradoxically, this will derail the Brexit. Funny old world. & # 39; In individual messages, he suggested that the Tories could drop below 10 percent if the votes were counted.
& # 39; If our members stay away or vote for another party, we can slip below 10 percent – a level at which no party bounces back.
& # 39; We are not just looking at a government in Corbyn, but at the end of our party as a viable movement. & # 39;
Mrs May's hold on power fails after a dramatic revolt by the cabinet yesterday, when ministers destroyed her concessions to Labor above the Brexit.
Mrs. Leadsom put pressure on the Prime Minister by announcing her own resignation from the cabinet last night.
During a blast, the Commons Leader said she could not take over the latest version of Mrs. May's Brexit deal with her offer of a second referendum.
Other ministers would be ready to go if the prime minister tried to hold on to power after today's European elections.
Government whip Mark Spencer, who today replaces the departed Commons leader, told MPs that the Bill was being pulled.
It had to be published tomorrow and then discussed and voted on in the week of 3 June, immediately after the half-term recess.
Mr Spencer said: "We will inform Parliament of the publication and introduction of the Bill of the Admission Agreement on our return from Pentecost."
Tory-backbenchers were upset about Mrs. May's decision to seek Labor support in the hope of getting her deal through the House of Commons on the fourth attempt.
At a certain stage yesterday, some assistants believed they were about to stop on the spot – and even started preparing a request for resignation.
But head whip Julian Smith later told the 1922 Committee that Mrs. May was planning to campaign in today's elections and would meet Sir Graham tomorrow.
Sources said that meetings with senior ministers were postponed because Mrs. May had her regular audience with the Queen, who was expected to present her intentions.
Conservative MPs were upset about the Prime Minister's decision to seek help with labor, hoping that she could make a deal with the fourth house through the House of Commons.
Labor partner Leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves after the vote in the European Parliament elections in a polling station in Islington
Monks Father Mark Caira (front) and Father Leonard Norman of the Sancta Maria Abbey after voting for the European Parliament elections in Garvald Village Hall, Garvald, East Lothian
Conservative MEP and leadership hopeful Boris Johnson left his London home this morning (pictured) amid the unrest
From hard Brexiteers to Remainers, the race for number 10
Boris Johnson 5/2
Age: 54. Former Minister of Foreign Affairs. His support for the Brexit was essential for the victory of Leave.
Background: known for its name with only one name, Boris, for its beautiful Classics references and for a chaotic private life.
EXPERIENCE: Twice elected mayor of London.
STRENGTH: Starry, charismatic and smart crowd pleaser.
WEAKNESS: bumbling foreign secretary. May it be difficult to win the support of parliamentarians. A & # 39; Stop Boris & # 39; campaign is likely.
VERDICT: Party grassroots love him
Dominic Raab 5/1
Age 46. Former Brexit secretary. Diehard Brexiteer.
Background: son of a Jewish refugee born in the Czech Republic who fled the Nazis in 1938 and died of cancer when Raab was 12.
EXPERIENCE: lasted only four months as Brexit secretary. Voted by May in vote on confidence in leadership.
STRENGTH: Experienced debater who improved his skills as an adversarial lawyer with blue chip law firm Linklaters.
WEAKNESS: is perceived as being too smart by half and has insufficient skills for people.
VERDICT: In second place in the leader ranking of ConservativeHome.
Matt Hancock 16/1
Age 40. Healthcare Secretary. Arch Remainer.
Background: Father bought their town hall. He ran his own computer software company before becoming Chancellor George Osborne's Chief of Staff.
EXPERIENCE: Minister of the cabinet for only 18 months. Seen as a & # 39; coming man & # 39 ;.
STRENGTH: One of the Tiggers of life with ambition and enthusiasm to match his thinking power.
WEAKNESS: Never consciously modest, he once foolishly compared himself to Churchill, Pitt and Disraeli.
VERDICT: Little known among members of the Conservative Party.
Amber Rudd 33/1
Age: 55. Secretary for labor and pensions. Continue to be a cheerleader.
Background: daughter of an employment broker and a JP leaning by Tory.
EXPERIENCE: became Home Secretary for six years as a Member of Parliament. Resigned over the Windrush scandal after unintentionally misleading MPs.
POWER: Strong operator who was repaired in the cabinet within six months.
WEAKNESS: Seating by majority of only 346. Main dramatic but an accomplished performer.
VERDICT: Ninth in rankings leadership.
Esther McVey 50/1
Age: 51. Former welfare secretary. An avid Brexiteer.
Background: spent the first two years of her life in foster homes. Was a breakfast TV presenter before becoming a Tory MP on Merseyside.
EXPERIENCE: Because the Minister of Welfare was brutally attacked by Labor.
STRENGTH: heavy and telegenic. Been with members to resign from cabinet on Brexit deal.
WEAKNESS: Some say they don't have the intellectual firepower for top work.
VERDICT: is in 14th place in the rankings.
Penny Mordaunt 20/1
Age 46. International Development Secretary. Bow Brexiteer.
Background: her mother died when she was a teenager. Cared for younger brother. EXPERIENCE: Was a wizard assistant. Appeared in the reality TV show Splash!
STRENGTH: only female MP to be Royal Naval Reservist. Attended Lady Thatcher's funeral in uniform.
WEAKNESS: Inexperienced, after being in the cabinet for less than two years. Has never run a large division of Whitehall.
VERDICT: Edged to 11th in the ConservativeHome rankings.
Andrea Leadsom 16/1
Age 55. Leader of the Commons. Ardent Brexiteer.
Background: a former city trader. Mother of three.
EXPERIENCE: struggled in her first cabinet post, as an environment minister.
STRENGTH: Blossomed as leader of the Commons, winning acclaim for recording Speaker John Bercow.
WEAK: Existed for leader in 2016, but made an ill-considered comment comparing her experience as a mother to the childless Mrs. May.
VERDICT: Has risen to the top of the ConservativeHome table of competent ministers.
Michael Gove 10/1
Age 51. Secretary General. High priest of Brexiteers.
Background: adopted son of a Scottish fishmonger.
EXPERIENCE: Figurehead for leave during campaign referendum. Heavyweight cabinet that has served as Minister of Education and Minister of Justice.
STRENGTH: Brilliant debater with razor-sharp intellect.
WEAK: Still suspected of having an unfaithful gene after Boris Johnson's knees during the last leadership game.
VERDICT: Popular with the Tory members, who will vote crucial for the new leader.
Liz Truss 50/1
Age: 43 Chief Secretary to Treasury. Brexitate.
Background: Raised by left-wing parents and marching through the streets on anti-Thatcher protest shouting: & # 39; Maggie out! & # 39;
EXPERIENCE: Joint author in 2012 of a controversial booklet, Britannia Unchained, which claimed that & # 39; the British are among the worst guiding schools in the world & # 39 ;.
STRENGTH: A true free marketer.
WEAKNESS: Poor public speaker with a mixed ministerial record.
VERDICT: Only 15th in the leader list of the ConservativeHome leaders.
Sajid Javid 16/1
Age: 49. Minister of the Interior. Others who switched to the Brexit after the referendum.
Background: Son of a bus driver who came to Pakistan with £ 1 in his pocket in Pakistan. Was head of credit trading at Deutsche Bank.
EXPERIENCE: previously cultural and business secretary, he complained about trade union rights.
STRENGTH: An extremely retarded story that we will hear during the leadership campaign.
WEAKNESS: generally seen as a wooden and a bad speaker.
VERDICT: In fourth place in the ConservativeHome rankings.
Jeremy Hunt 10/1
Age: 52. Minister of Foreign Affairs
Background: oldest son of Admiral Sir Nicholas Hunt. Married to a Chinese woman and he speaks Mandarin.
Set up an educational publisher before politics that was sold for £ 30 million in 2017.
EXPERIENCE: Longest serving health secretary in history.
STRENGTH: One of the most experienced ministers in the field who, unusually, has made few political enemies.
WEAKNESS: Some, however, regard him as a & # 39; bit of a drop & # 39 ;.
Verdict: seen by many as a man who can best unite a party at the Brexit.
Andrea Leadsom & # 39; s full letter of resignation
Dear Prime Minister
I am proud to have served in your government since 2016, first as your environment minister and for the last two years as the lower house leader, and pay tribute to the excellent work of my officials in both positions.
More recently, setting up the new complaints procedure, initiating the restoration of the Palace of Westminster, introducing Proxy Voting for MPs, proposing a new strategy to support early years, and ensuring the timely delivery of our legislative program, my role as Leader of the Commons was very rewarding, and I am grateful that I have had these opportunities.
I stayed in the cabinet to shape and fight for the Brexit. There were some uncomfortable compromises along the way, but you have had my firm support and loyalty in your efforts to achieve the Brexit as our shared goal.
I no longer believe that our approach will deliver on the result of the referendum for the following reasons:
1. I do not believe that we will be a truly sovereign UK through the deal that is now being proposed;
2. I have always said that a second referendum is creating dangerous divisions and I am not supporting the government to voluntarily promote such a concession. It would also threaten to undermine our Union, something that I want to see passionately reinforced;
3. There has been such a breakdown of governmental processes that recent Brexit-related legislative proposals have not been properly investigated or approved by cabinet members;
4. The tolerance towards those in the cabinet who have advocated policies that go against the government's position has led to a complete breakdown of collective responsibility.
I know there are important elections tomorrow, and many conservatives have worked hard to support our excellent candidates. I have carefully considered the timing of this decision, but I cannot fulfill my duty as Parliament's leader tomorrow to announce a bill with new elements that I am fundamentally opposed to.
I fully respect the integrity, resolution and determination that you have shown during your time as Prime Minister. Nobody wanted you to succeed more than I did, but I urge you to make the right decisions in the interests of the country, this government and our party.
It is therefore with great regret and with a heavy heart that I resign from the government.
A YouGov poll for the Times showed that both main parties are hammered when the results are published on Sunday.
It brought the Brexit party to 37 percent, the Liberal Democrats to 19 percent and labor to 13 percent, just a point ahead of the greens. The Tories were in fifth place on seven points, only four for Ukip. In a sign of ebbing support from activists, the ConHome website encouraged Tory supporters to abstain from voting instead of voting at the party, unless Theresa might stop for today's polls.
A former official was accused of losing Whitehall's impartial impartiality by announcing that he would vote for the Lib Dems today.
Lord Gus O & # 39; Donnell said it was his & # 39; civic duty & # 39; was to vote for the most consistent Remain party.
The former cabinet secretary pointed out in the Times that & # 39; the liberal democrat in England voted & # 39 ;, so that is what I will do. He said: & # 39; I would like to call on anyone who stays behind to do the same. It feels very strange to specify a preference for a particular party.
& # 39; As a crossbencher in the Lords, however, and faced with a decision that will affect future generations, I believe it is my civic duty to vote and there is now no reason not to be clear about how I do this use precious power that democracies give their citizens. & # 39;
Tory MP Neil O & Brien said: & # 39; The trend of former senior officials getting involved in politics and in particular declaring their loyalty will be very bad for the civil service in the longer term. & # 39;
Yesterday, another conservative peers was suspended from the party for pledging to vote the liberal democrat in the European elections.
Lord Cooper, the founder of Populus, the director of David Cameron's strategy on Downing Street, received the sentence two days after it was imposed on former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Heseltine.
He tweeted: & I have come to the same conclusion as Michael Heseltine, for exactly the same reasons – and will vote for Dem Dem at the European Parliament elections in Thursday. & # 39;
Lord Cooper was then told by his main whip that & # 39; supporting the candidates from another party is incompatible with taking the conservative whip & # 39 ;.
Labor partner Lord Cashman said he had left his party to vote for Lib Dem.
The former EastEnders actor said: & I can't trust Jeremy Corbyn or the people around him on the defining issue in the post-war UK, so on Thursday I won't vote for the Labor party. As Matthew Parris said, I am not a liberal democrat, but I support their absolute consistency. Voting for Lib Dem in the EU elections. & # 39;
He later wrote: & # 39; I think I have just resigned from the Labor Party by declaring that I will support the Liberal Democrats in the European elections. & # 39;
Visions of Maggie: How images of Theresia with skinny eyes, driven from Downing Street, recall the last days of Mrs. Thatcher's 11-year reign
Photos of a deaf Theresa May expelled from Parliament last night had a creepy resemblance to those memorable photos by Margaret Thatcher on her last political legs at the end of 1989.
The then Mrs. Thatcher was seen in tears in the back of her car after a merciless series of resigning cabinets.
The headline of the Daily Mail on November 22 – six days before announcing its departure – read & # 39; Battling On & # 39; while desperately scrambling for the support of its colleagues when they went to Downing Street to watch her one by one.
But with her deputy Geoffrey Howe and Chancellor Nigel Lawson away and the second-lowest assessment of a post-war prime minister, it was only a matter of time before the Iron Lady crumbled. She resigned on November 28.
The last week of Mrs Thatcher's premiership is remarkably similar to the horrific few days that Mrs May had.
She too was faced with a major resignation of the ministers after Commons leader Andrea Leadsom said she could no longer support her approach to the Brexit.
Other ministers would be ready to go if the prime minister tried to hold on to power after today's European elections.
Theresa May, a weepy woman, leaves Parliament in the back of her car after a cruel day in Westminster yesterday
It is clear that Sajid Javid, Jeremy Hunt and David Mundell will today use ministerial meetings with Mrs. May to warn that they also find the adoption of the law unacceptable in its current form.
But she refused to see them all on Wednesday afternoon, which led to claims that she had stowed herself in Downing Street in the midst of the full Brexit uprising.
Likewise, Mrs. Thatcher initially promised that she would & # 39; fight & # 39; and & # 39; fighting to win & # 39; despite the fact that she had not secured the 15 percent majority she needed in Tory's leadership voice.
But she was forced to face facts when her own party demanded that she withdraw.
Michael Heseltine's leadership framework, which was eventually overshadowed by John Major, was also based on profound differences in Europe.
This week Brexiteer Boris Johnson emerged as the favorite to replace the prime minister, who remained behind Remain in the 2016 referendum.
And with the fact that Andrea Leadsom effectively launched her top job campaign yesterday, today is probably the day we find out just when Ms. May is about to resign.
The front page of the Daily Mail of November 22 – six days before she resigned as prime minister – shows Margaret Thatcher in tears in the back of her car, just like Mrs. May last night
& # 39; But while I am here, I have a duty to be clear with Parliament about the facts. If we want to deliver the Brexit to this Parliament, we must adopt a bill for a repeal, & she said.
& # 39; It is our job in this Parliament to make decisions, not to avoid them. & # 39;
The main Brexiteers, however, were starkly absent from the room while she spoke. Mrs. Lindsom, Liz Truss and Liam Fox were initially nowhere to be seen, instead the front seat was filled by loyalist Remainers. Mrs. Leadsom arrived about 40 minutes after the session.
Mrs May's position seems increasingly untenable, with even her close allies calling on her to cast and resign the proposed Brexit vote in early June.
One government source said they did not believe Mrs. May would survive much longer.
& # 39; There are many meetings going on. People consider their options, & # 39; the source told MailOnline. & # 39; She may not be up to 24 hours, let alone Monday. & # 39;
Meanwhile, conservatives have fallen to just seven percent in a poll on the eve of the European elections – an astounding 30 points behind Nigel Farage's Brexit party. Many MEPs fear that the party will suffer unprecedented extermination tomorrow – and all MEPs will lose.
Key Brexiteers were absent yesterday in PMQ & # 39; s amid claims & # 39; secret meetings & # 39; to expel Mrs. May
They are #dogsatpolling stations! Pooches in the UK are waiting outside as owners cast their European votes (and even those without a pet are next)
Photos of dogs that love democracy and are forced to wait outside the European election polls while their owners start voting, Twitter has been flooded.
#dogsatpollingstations is one of the most popular hasthtags on Twitter and could be the best of British politics right now.
Guidelines from the Electoral Commission say that dogs can enter polling stations in a & # 39; accompanying & # 39; role, but many have decided not to leave dogs in their buildings.
In response to the fact that their pets have been banned from polling stations, Animal lovers patiently posted pictures of their pets outside the buildings.
One man decided to get up even though he had no guts – by placing a photo of himself outside a polling station and holding a ballot in his mouth.
Those who are lucky enough to allow their dogs into the polling station have always advised to keep their dogs on a lead.
Seventy-three members of the European Parliament were elected in nine constituencies in England and one in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Those who are lucky enough to allow their dogs into a polling station have always advised to keep their dogs on a lead
De verkiezingspeilingen van het Europees Parlement hebben het hele VK geopend, maar veel honden die houden van democratie houden van dit soort gedwongen te wachten terwijl hun eigenaars gaan stemmen
Eén man besloot om op de akte verder te gaan en plaatste een foto van zichzelf buiten een stembureau op handen en voeten en hield een stembiljet in zijn mond
Dit arme bruinekleurige hondje werd gedwongen buiten een stembureau te zitten terwijl de eigenaars hun burgerplicht deden
Deze paar honden werden een beetje slaperig terwijl ze buiten een stembureau wachtten
Dit stel hoeren lijkt niet erg blij dat ze worden verbannen uit het stembureau
Deze zwart-witte collie van Steph Taylor wachtte buiten omdat zijn eigenaar als een van de eersten haar stem in de stembus liet vallen
Deze schattige hond had een winderige blik en wachtte op hun eigenaar, Sinead Hensey, om haar stem uit te brengen
Deze vrouw nam haar drie dalmaties met glimmende jassen naar het stembureau
Het hoertje van Anne Rawson was gekleed in dit snazzy rode harnas toen het naar het stembureau in Chiddingfold ging
De hond van Abigale Telford was een van de duizenden honden in het hele land die gedwongen waren buiten een stembureau te wachten
Deze pooch ziet er nogal tevreden uit om buiten een stembureau te zitten terwijl de eigenaar zijn stem uitspreekt
Stuart Fisher zei dat zijn hond Rupert (links) zou stemmen voor een 'blaffende gekke kandidaat'. Goed, een medische speurhond vergezelde zijn eigenaar Natasha Coates naar het stembureau
Een lid van stembureauleden mag de leiding van honden houden als je meer dan één hebt en moeite hebt om een stembiljet in te vullen
Guidelines from the Electoral Commission say that dogs can enter polling stations in an 'accompanying' role but many polling stations have decided to not let dogs in their buildings
This democracy-loving dog in Wales posed for a picture outside the polling station
EU faces the populists: Britain and the Netherlands are the first to go to the polls as nationalist movements go up against pro-Brussels parties
Polls opened Thursday in the UK and the Netherlands when the vote began to determine the composition of the European Parliament.
Voting notes will be issued in the 28-country bloc until Sunday, placing pro-European centrists against an upcoming tide of populism and Euroskepticism.
It goes against the background of Britain trying to find its way out of the trade bloc after the Brexit referendum.
Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch Freedom Party and a nationalist figurehead, casts his vote in The Hague on Thursday at the vote in the EU elections
Polling stations opened Thursday in the Netherlands (Amsterdam airport, in the photo) and the United Kingdom and will continue in all 28 member states until Sunday
Voters are asked to choose MEPs who are part of the EU's 751-member parliament in what is announced as an election to determine the future of Europe
Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch Freedom Party and one of Europe & # 39; s most outspoken nationalists, cast his vote in The Hauge on Thursday morning.
Hours before, he had attended a rally with other populist, nationalist and extreme right-wing leaders in Milan, where they issued a cross-continental battle cry against the European Union.
Matteo Salvini, leader of the Lega Nord party in Italy; Marine Le Pen, from the national rally of France; and Jorg Meuthen, representing the far-right AfD of Germany, also attended with leaders from six other nationalist parties.
Apart from Salvini, who acts as the vice-prime minister of Italy in a coalition, all their parties have not been given power in domestic elections.
Large profits in the European elections – where systems with proportional votes often favor smaller, less established parties – would send a message to Brussels about the direction in which the continent is moving.
The pro-European bloc is led by German Angela Merkel and French Emmanuel Macron, who insist that unity is the best buffer against shifting economic and security interests of an emerging new world order.
Hoping to overthrow the European former guard are a coalition of nationalist, populist and extreme right-wing leaders including the Dutch Geert Wilders (left), the Italian Matteo Salvini (center), the German Jorg Meuthen (second right) and the French Marine Le Pen (far right). )
French President Emmanuel Macron has positioned himself as Europe & # 39; s most important pro-EU politician, after Angela Merkel announced her intention to resign
In the Netherlands (pictured) the Forum for Democracy party of the eccentric populist Thierry Baudet stubbornly runs together with Prime Minister Mark Rutte & # 39; s centriste VVD party
Populist parties have largely failed to come to power in domestic elections, but strong action in the European elections would send a signal about where the continent is going.
President Macron says the challenge is not to give in to a coalition of destruction and disintegration. it will try to dismantle the unity of the EU built up over the past six decades.
Thursday morning the British laboratory technician Jeremy Corbyn issued a message with the warning & # 39; extreme right is on the rise & # 39; and added that & # 39; the actions we are taking now will have a huge impact on our future & # 39 ;.
Voters across Europe choose a total of 751 legislators, although that number will decrease to 705 when the UK leaves the EU.
The Dutch are only 26 at the moment and 29 after the Brexit.
The UK has 73 European legislators who would lose their jobs if their country completes its messy divorce from the EU.
The results of the four days of voting will only be officially released until Sunday evening, but the Dutch national broadcaster NOS will publish an exit poll after the ballot boxes close on Thursday evening.
The Netherlands can give a snapshot of what is to come. Polls show the right-wing populist Forum for Democracy, led by charismatic intellectual Thierry Baudet who runs neck-and-neck with Prime Minister Mark Rutte's center-right VVD party.
While the country, a prosperous trading nation, benefits from the EU's open borders and internal market, it also makes a major contribution to the EU treasury.
Britain was not scheduled to participate in the election after it announced its intention to leave Europe on March 29, but after a failure of the negotiations now taking place
Nigel Farage & # 39; s newly formed Brexit party leads the polls, amid the warning that something other than a strong anti-EU show will be used as a reason to hold a second Brexit referendum
The issue of EU membership is still grinding Britain, with the remaining voters in London (pictured), while regional voters prefer leaving
The elections will be continued throughout the EU until Sunday, when the results will be announced (photos, campaign posters in Belgium).
Skeptical Dutch voters in 2005 rejected a proposed EU constitution in a referendum.
Baudet, whose party emerged as an unexpected provincial election winner in March, identifies more with the harsh Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban than with the nationalist populist movement led by Salvini.
However, in a debate on Wednesday evening, Baudet Salvini mentioned a & # 39; hero of Europe & # 39; because of his tough fight against migration.
& # 39; The immigration we get here from Africa and the Middle East is completely at odds with our culture, our values, our way of life, tolerance, love for women and so on, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; That must stop and it will not happen at European level. & # 39;
Meanwhile, in the UK, the ruling conservative party – which has conducted the shambole Brexit negotiations in the country – is being supported for an election outbreak, amid speculation that Prime Minister Theresa May could be forced into power.
The Brexit party of Nigel Farage voted strongly before the vote, with the Euroskeptic figurehead warning that anything but a strong anti-EU result will be used as a reason to hold a second referendum on the Brexit.
Pro-Remain Liberal Democrats – who have called for a second referendum – have talked well about recent local elections, so the result is far from certain.
A separate group of MPs from both Labor and Conservative parties campaigning for Remain under the name Change UK has further complicated the image.