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27th May 2019

SNP walking to victory in Scotland’s European elections

Labour's vote has collapsed

Oli Dugmore

Nicola Sturgeon's SNP is dominating in Scotland's European election

Labour’s vote has collapsed

The SNP are dominating the European elections in Scotland.

Of the 29 councils to declare their results so far, the SNP have won 27. They sit on 37.9 per cent, well up on their 2014 performance of 29 per cent. Labour have dropped from 26 per cent to 9.6 per cent.

Predictions indicate Scottish Labour will lose both of their MEPs with this result, the SNP taking three and one each for the Lib Dems, Tories and Brexit party.

However, Scotland will not declare its result until Monday because of religious considerations on the Western Isles, where counting will not start until 8am.

Some 8,500 people live there, around 0.5 per cent of the franchise.

The Lib Dems have won in Orkney and Shetland. Labour look likely to come fifth overall. Turnout in Scotland is up on 2014.

Projections for the elections have suggested that Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party will receive the most seats of any party in the UK, with Lib Dems in second and Labour in third.

Labour has also been humiliated in Wales by the Brexit Party and Plaid Cymru, with Nigel Farage’s party coming first with 32.5 per cent of the vote and the Welsh nationalists second with 19.6 per cent.

Thus far, 10 of the UK’s 12 regions have declared. Of the 64 MEPs declared, the Brexit party has won 28, the Lib Dems 15, Labour 10, Greens seven, Tories three and Plaid Cymru one.