- POSTED: 26 May 2014 07:41
Nigel Farage, leader of the eurosceptic UK Independence Party (UKIP), has said his party was on course to cause a political "earthquake" as it took the lead in the European parliament election in Britain.
LONDON: Nigel Farage, leader of the eurosceptic UK Independence Party (UKIP), on Sunday said his party was on course to cause a political "earthquake" as it took the lead in the European parliament election in Britain.
"UKIP is going to win this election and yes that will be an earthquake because never before in the history of British politics has a party seen as an insurgent party ever topped the polls in a national election," Farage told journalists.
His party, which wants Britain to exit the European Union, led the election in Britain with 12 seats after half of the 12 regions declared results.
The early results put the Conservatives of Prime Minister David Cameron second on nine seats, the main opposition Labour Party on eight seats and the Green Party and Plaid Cymru both on one.
The big early losers were Liberal Democrats, coalition partners in the national government, who were increasingly facing a total election wipeout.
If UKIP were to win, it would be the first time in over a century that a British national election has not been won by either of the mainstream Conservative or Labour parties.
Farage said that the rise of anti-EU parties across the continent would shake up domestic politics.
"We're going to get a good number of eurosceptics elected to the European Parliament," he said. "It's going to make a very big difference in the domestic politics.
"Up until now, European integration... always seemed to be inevitable and I think that inevitability will end with this result tonight."
Cameron has promised a referendum on Britain's EU membership if he wins next year's general election.
Farage predicted that the Labour Party could make a similar pledge in light of Sunday's results.