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Duncan Leatherdale

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  1. Good night (or should that be good morning?)

    Duncan Leatherdale

    BBC News Online

    That's all for our coverage of the EU election results across England.

    Thanks so much for joining us.

    In short, the Brexit Party had a good night winning almost half of the 60 seats.

    Remain supporters say they also did well when you combine the votes for remain-supporting parties such as the Liberal Democrats and the Greens.

    But it wasn't a good night for the Conservatives or Labour.

    One thing I hope we can all agree on though - it's time for bed.

  2. 'Our worst ever result' - Tory MEP

    Daniel Hannan

    "This is our worst-ever result," says Daniel Hannan, who has been re-elected as a Conservative MEP.

    "We need to make Brexit happen, but in a way that will carry the 48% with us," he says.

    He adds that his party now needs "different, credible leadership" to ensure Brexit is delivered.

  3. Does election make second referendum case?

    Supporters of a second referendum may well use the night's results to push their case, according to Georgia Roberts of BBC Westminster.

    She said the leave parties such as the Brexit Party and UKIP got around 35% of the votes while remain parties like the Liberal Democrats and Greens got about 40%.

    Ms Roberts said: "Based on that plenty of people around Westminster will be making the case for a second referendum."

    But Dr Chris Fear said the results are "much more ambiguous" than the 2016 referendum and votes for the two main parties confuse the issue as they do not give clear indication either way.

    He said: "What do you with do with all those votes for Labour and Conservatives? If you try to factor them in then I think people will see exactly what they want to see."

  4. UK PM and opposition leader lose at home

    If you want an indicator of how difficult this election has been for Britain's two largest parties, look to the leadership.

    Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party came third in her own constituency - losing to the Brexit Party and Liberal Democrats.

    And her opposite number, Jeremy Corbyn of the Labour Party, saw his party come second to to the Liberal Democrats - and it was his birthday on Sunday, too.

    Theresa May
  5. Tories worst performance since 1832

    Laura Kuenssberg

    BBC political editor

    We shouldn't forget how appalling this night is for the Tories.

    This is their worst performance as a party going back to 1832.

    If this was a first-past-the-post election, they would not have taken a single seat.

  6. Voters treated election as a referendum

    James Vincent

    Political Editor BBC Look North

    This was an election. But many treated it as a referendum.

    The numbers will be added up by parties on either side to determine whether "the Brexit vote" is as strong in Yorkshire and Humber as it was in 2016.

    But what we do know is that the Brexit Party dominated. Labour had two MEPs, it now has one. The Conservatives lost both of theirs.

    The Lib Dems and the Greens will look at their first MEPs here and say that it proves remainers don’t want the two main parties.

    The Brexit Party will say exactly the same about leavers.

    Labour and the Conservatives have big problems telling people in Yorkshire what their Brexit plan is.

    In Sheffield Labour were beaten into 4th place and they weren’t even the top choice in Doncaster, where the party was born.

  7. European Elections 2019: North West results

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    Video caption: European Elections 2019: North West results

    The declaration of results from the North West region in the European Elections.

  8. Widdecombe: I heard the howl of duty

    Ann Widdecombe, who was elected for the Brexit party in the South West, said she heard the "howl of duty" to return to front-line politics after nine years out.

    The former Conservative MP said the success of the Brexit Party, which won 26 seats six weeks after being formed, was down to them giving voters a "clear choice".

    She said the Conservatives and Labour had "confused" people but the Brexit Party only had one item in the agenda - leaving the EU.

    Ann Widdecombe

    Ms Widdecombe said: "We've got one question so we can get one answer and boy haven't we got it.

    "We never wanted these elections, they are a demonstration of the total farce that has taken over at Westminster.

    "Given we have had them we will play our role in the EU parliament and we will set about delivering Brexit."

    Dr Chris Fear said the Brexit Party should be seen as a "single-issue pressure group".

  9. How are the seats being allocated?

    England's seats in the European Parliament are distributed according to the D'Hondt system, a type of proportional representation.

    Parties vying for election submit a list of candidates to voters in each region.

    A system devised by Victor D'Hondt, a Belgian lawyer and mathematician active in the 19th Century, dictates the results:

    • In the first round of counting the party with the most votes wins a seat for the candidate at the top of its list
    • In the second round the winning party's vote is divided by two, and whichever party comes out on top in the re-ordered results wins a seat for their top candidate
    • The process repeats itself, with the original vote of the winning party in each round being divided by one plus their running total of MEPs, until all the seats for the region have been taken

    Click here to read more about how the system works.