And Brexiteer Daniel Hannan, who has been a member for South East England since 1999, said he suspected the Conservatives may be left with “zero MEPs” when the results of Thursday’s vote are declared. Mr Hannan wrote on Twitter: “Thank you to everyone who voted for the Conservatives today. My sense, for what it’s worth, is that we are facing a total wipeout – zero MEPs. I just hope our next leader can get Brexit over the line.”
Results of the EU elections will be announced after 10pm on Sunday, when the final polls have closed across Europe.
Today voters in Ireland will cast their vote, whilst the polls are also open in the Czech Republic.
In the UK, 73 MEPs will be chosen to represent the UK in the Brussels parliament.
England is divided into nine regions, with seats allocated based on population.
European elections: A Tory MEP Daniel Hannan is fearing a ‘wipeout’ for the Conservatives
South East England will elect 10 MEPs, London and North West England each have eight, East of England and the West Midlands each have seven.
Yorkshire and the Humber and South West England have six each, the East Midlands has five and North East England has three.
Meanwhile Scotland has six MEPs, Wales four and Northern Ireland three.
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European elections: Theresa May casting her vote in the EU elections yesterday
9.30pm update: European elections: Corbyn’s DISASTER as Labour poised for worse election day in 35 YEARS
Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party suffered their worst election day in 35 years, according to an MP out on a “dispiriting” campaign trail during the crunch European ballot.
Ben Bradshaw aired his views on what appeared to be a dire day of campaigning for the party, whose mandate includes a so-called people’s vote or final say on the Brexit deal.
He said on Twitter: “That was the most dispiriting Election Day in 35 years a Labour member.
“Our voters are flocking to the Greens & Lib Dems because of their clear & unequivocal support for a #FinalSay #peoplesvote & Remain.
“So sad & so avoidable. #BrexitShambles #EUelections2019.”
Jeremy Corbyn suffered his worst election day in 35 years, according to an MP
8.10pm update: Italian leaders CLASH ahead of European elections
Italian citizens will vote on Sunday to choose their MEPs.
But tensions are running high in Rome between the two leaders of the governing coalition, Matteo Salvini and Luigi Di Maio.
Mr Salvini’s Lega is seen as the party most likely to become the strongest Italian movement in the European Parliament, with polls putting Lega at 30 percent.
But Mr Di Maio, leader of the Five Star Movement which received 36 percent of the votes at the March 4 general elections last year, said no matter the outcome of the elections, nothing will change in Parliament.
Explaining the European elections don’t have an impact on national governments, he said: “I don’t understand why the European elections should change something in the Italian Parliament.
“We still hold 36 percent of the votes, the majority in the Cabinet and it will remain so, I don’t have any intention of doing a Cabinet reshuffle on Monday.”
Matteo Salvini is Italy’s interior minister
6.50pm update: Boris Johnson warns UK to prepare for a no deal
Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who has announced he would like to replace Theresa May as the leader of the Conservative Party, warned the UK the way to get a good Brexit deal is to “prepare for a no deal”.
Mr Johnson argued this would be the best way to proceed if Britain is to negotiate a suitable Brexit agreement.
Just hours after the Prime Minister sensationally announced she was resigning, Mr Johnson told an economic in Switzerland: “We will leave the EU on October 31, deal or no deal.
“The way to get a good deal is to prepare for a no deal.”
6pm update: What time will the election result be announced?
While Britain took part in the EU elections yesterday, UK voters will have to wait for all the other EU nations to have cast their votes before the results are announced.
The majority of EU countries are voting on Sunday, until 10pm BST, which means the first exit polls can be expected shortly after that time.
Ireland has voted today, while the Czech Republic, Latvia, Malta and Slovakia are voting tomorrow.
Boris Johnson warned the UK to prepare for a no deal
5pm update: Liberal Democrats launch a contest to replace Sir Vince Cable as leader of the party
Sir Vince Cable announced it is time for a “new generation” of Lib Dems to replace the current leadership as he confirmed the party will replace him on July 23.
However, Sir Vince pointed out the party is expected gains at the European elections as a sign “we are in an excellent position” to lead a centre-ground movement in British politics.
And, he added, membership was at a record level and the party had enjoyed the best local election results in its history.
He continued: “There are major challenges ahead. One is to win, finally, the battle to stop Brexit.
“Our campaigning has given hope; now we need to secure a referendum in Parliament, and then win it.
“Another is the opportunity created by the conflict and decay within the two main parties to build a powerful, liberal, green, and social democratic force in the centre ground of British politics.
“We are now in an excellent position to lead such a movement.”
The Liberal Democrats will replace Sir Vince Cable as party leader on July 23
4.20pm update: Government urged to hold an inquiry after ‘THOUSANDS’ of Brits and EU nationals were unable to vote
The Government has been urged to launch an inquiry after thousands of EU nationals living and working in the UK and a still undefined number of British expats living and working in the EU27 said they were left unable to vote in this week’s European elections.
Labour MEP Claude Moraes wrote to Home Secretary Sajid Javid yesterday to call for an inquiry into the “disenfranchisement of voters in a national election in the United Kingdom”.
He said councils had made three “main clinical errors” that appeared to have contributed to the issues: failing to communicate about the forms, failing to send the forms to people on time, and failing to register the forms when they were received.
Helen Thompson, a prospective Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate in Lambeth, labelled the problems experienced by those unable to vote “horrific”.
She added that as many as 2,000 people may have been turned away in her London borough alone.
Lib Dem MEP Catherine Bearder also raised concerns on behalf of British expats.
Campaign group the3million, which represents EU citizens in the UK, said it had received several hundred messages from people claiming they had been blocked from voting due to administrative errors by British councils.
Meanwhile, a number of British voters reported problems voting from EU member states, due to delays in receiving postal votes from UK councils.
The Taoiseach leaving the polling station in Dublin
3.20pm update: Nigel Farage accuses Theresa May of ‘misjudging’ the mood of the country
Nigel Farage said it is difficult “not to feel” for Theresa May after she officially resigned this morning.
However, he accused her of handling Brexit without understanding the “mood of the country”.
He wrote on Twitter: “It is difficult not to feel for Mrs May, but politically she misjudged the mood of the country and her party.
“Two Tory leaders have now gone whose instincts were pro-EU. Either the party learns that lesson or it dies.”
European elections: Nigel Farage outside his local polling station in Biggin Hill yesterday
1.45pm update: Varakdar pays tribute to May before casting vote in EU elections
Ireland’s premier Leo Varadkar has been pictured casting his vote in the European Parliament elections.
The Taoiseach marked his ballot paper at Scoil Thomais, in Dublin.
Before attending the polling station Mr Varadkar paid tribute to Theresa May and called the outgoing Prime Minister “principled, honourable and deeply passionate”.
He said: “I am very sorry to hear of the resignation of Prime Minister May today.
“We will certainly miss her and miss her team. We worked very closely on issues over the past one-and-a-half years on Brexit and the North.”
Meanwhile the Irish premier warned the next phase of Brexit “may be a very dangerous one for Ireland”.
Mr Varadkar added: “In the next couple of months we may see the election of a Eurosceptic Prime Minister who wants to repudiate the Withdrawal Agreement and go for a no-deal, or we may even see a new British Government that wants a close relationship with the EU and goes for a second referendum.
“Whatever happens we are going to hold our nerve, we are going to continue to build and strengthen and deepen our alliance across the EU, and we will make sure we see Ireland through this.”
Ireland’s premier Leo Varadkar casts his vote in the European Elections
12.00pm update: Irish President casts vote in EU elections
Irish President Michael D Higgins has voted in the European and local elections.
He attended his local polling station at St Mary’s Hospital in Dublin’s Phoenix Park with his wife, Sabina.
The couple spent a number of minutes casting their votes from the long list of candidates in the Dublin constituency.
The public is also being asked to vote in the proposal to change the Constitution on the divorce laws.
The Irish President and his wife Sabina at St. Mary’s Hospital in the Phoenix Park
Irish President Michael D Higgins casts vote in EU Election
10.40am update: Cyprus prepare for EU elections
Preparations are in full flow for the people of Cyprus to cast their votes in the European elections.
Polling stations across the nation have taken delivery of ballot boxes ahead of the vote on Sunday.
Cyprus will elect six MEPs into the European Parliament.
Ballot papers arrive at a polling station in Nicosia in Cyprus
Boxes containing ballot papers arrive ahead of the EU election vote on Sunday
10.05am update: Theresa May announces resignation date
An emotional Theresa May has announced she will resign as Prime Minister on June 7.
The Prime Minister said she had done “everything I can” to gain support for her Brexit deal, but said it is now in the “best interests of the country for a new prime minister to lead that effort”.
Mrs May added: “So I am today announcing that I will resign as leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party on Friday 7th June so that a successor can be chosen.”
The Prime Minister, with her voice cracking, concluded her speech by saying: “I will shortly leave the job that it has been the honour of my life to hold.
“The second female prime minister, but certainly not the last. I do so with no ill will, but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love.”
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Theresa May has announced she will resign as Prime Minister on June 7
9.40am update: Ireland begins voting in EU elections
Voting has begun in Ireland to elect MEPs into the next European Parliament.
Polling stations opened at 7am this morning and close at 10pm tonight.
Two of the 13 elected face an uncertain wait as to when they can take their seats due to the Brexit delay.
The Republic is receiving two of the 27 places formerly reserved for the UK which are being redistributed among 14 member states.
The European election count for Ireland’s three constituencies – Dublin, South, and Midlands-North-West – will commence on Sunday morning at centres in Dublin, Cork and Castlebar, Co Mayo.
Theresa May arriving to Downing Street for her meeting with Sir Graham Brady
9.15am update: Theresa May to meet with 1922 chairman in Downing Street
Prime Minister Theresa May has returned to Downing Street this morning ahead of a crunch meeting with Sir Graham Brady, chairman of 1922 committee of backbenchers.
Mrs May is expected to make an announcement on her future following the talks.
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9.00am update: Ken Clarke claims Tory MPs did not vote Conservative
Veteran Tory MP Ken Clarke has suggested the majority of Tory MPs did not support their own party in the European election.
The former chancellor told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I suspect the majority of Conservative MPs did not vote Conservative yesterday.”
Mike Hookem has resigned as deputy leader of Ukip
8.40am update: Ukip deputy leader quits and launches leadership bid
Ukip deputy leader Mike Hookem has announced he has resigned and will run for party leader.
Mr Hookem said he can no longer support the direction of party leader Gerard Batten and wants to offer “a real alternative” to his leadership that would “consolidate and rebuild our party”.
Mr Batten has already said he will stand down on June 2, prompting a leadership contest.
In a letter sent to party officials at the close of polls in the European elections, Mr Hookem said: “I believe Ukip always has been and always should be a libertarian party that encourages and promotes common-sense policies with a broad electoral appeal.
“However, under Mr Batten’s leadership, and despite my appeals, Ukip has been derailed from this objective.
“Mr Batten’s policy direction and associations have given the mainstream media the ammunition to label our party ‘extreme’ and ‘far-right’, accusations I do not believe to be true.”
(Additional reporting by Luke Hawker)