NIGEL Farage has boasted “we’ve done a good job” – despite his Brexit Party facing zero seats.
The exit polls predicted they won’t win a single seat in the election, but the party leader insisted he was still pleased.
He told the BBC’s Andrew Neil: “We’ve used our influence that’s the important thing. We are a new party, we’ve got no councillors, no base.
“If we get Brexit, given that it was in the weeds back in February, we set this thing up, we’ve put it back on track, if we get there we’ve done a good job.
“Would I like to have won a few seats then yes of course.
“I’ve killed the Liberal Democrats and I’ve hurt the Labour Party.
“My purpose was to try and get the right kind of Brexit, if we get half a loaf out of it then that’s what we have achieved.”
He was quizzed on rumours he is heading to the US to be “Donald Trump’s warm up”.
Mr Farage laughed as he said “I’ve got no plans to leave the country”, but admitted “i’f I’m asked to help I may”.
Sterling rose almost two per cent from $1.3162 to just under $1.34 this evening, minutes after the astonishing Opsos Mori survey was published.
The PM tweeted: “Thank you to everyone across our great country who voted, who volunteered, who stood as candidates. We live in the greatest democracy in the world.”
What we know so far:
- Boris Johnson has begun to break down Labour’s red wall by winning Blyth Valley – not a seat the exit poll had predicted – meaning the Tory majority could go even higher
- The pound surged by more than two per cent on the news tonight
- There were calls for Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell to quit after the poor election result
- Boris Johnson thanked voters in the “greatest democracy in the world” after the exit poll came in
- Lib Dem boss Jo Swinson is predicted to lose her seat in Scotland
- But the SNP surge north of the border means Boris could face another fight on Scottish independence in future
- Nigel Farage boasted that the Brexit Party have done a great job – despite them not predicted to win a single seat
Prime Minister Mr Johnson, who gambled his premiership by triggering the vote, has sought to focus on his pledge to “get Brexit done” throughout the campaign.
Meanwhile Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign has been overshadowed by anti-Semitism allegations and his refusal to take a stand on Brexit.
Voters had braved freezing temperatures throughout the day to line up outside community halls, churches and schools to have their say – and risked being a touch late for work.
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Astonishing pictures of snaking queues came despite initial fears of a low turnout in the first December election in nearly 100 years.
The third General Election in less than five years has been largely dominated by the 2016 vote to leave the European Union – with Labour pledging to give voters another say in a second referendum, while the Tories have vowed to take the UK out of the EU next month.
The last election in the UK in 2017 saw a 68.8 per cent turnout, higher than at the 2015 and 2010 elections – with bookies offering 6-4 odds on a 65-70 per cent turnout this year.
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