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The European elections earthquake struck. Now the dust is settling—did anything actually change? 

What lessons, if any, did this vote hold on the state of British politics? 

By Jonathan Lis  

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage gives a speech after the European Parliamentary elections count at the Guildhall in Southampton. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/PA Images

As political earthquakes go, this measured high on the scale. A party which didn’t exist a few months ago topped the poll with 31.6 per cent of the vote. The two “main parties” couldn’t even poll a quarter of all votes between them. The Liberal Democrats, all but defunct a few years ago, beat them both. Labour came third and, unbelievably, fifth, in its traditional heartlands of Wales and Scotland respectively, a result both calamitous and unprecedented. And the…

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