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Nigel Farage, leader of Britain's United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) enjoys a pint of beer at a pub in South Benfleet, England, Friday, May 23, 2014. UKIP, Britain's anti-European party has made big gains in local elections, taking votes from both the governing Conservatives and main opposition Labour Party. It's a strong performance for the U.K. Independence Party, which advocates pulling Britain out of the EU and stopping the unfettered right to entry of European citizens. With about a third of results declared Friday from voting for 161 local authorities, UKIP had almost 100 seats, well over its predicted total of 80. Britons also voted Thursday in European Parliament elections. Those results will be announced Sunday along with tallies from 27 other EU countries.
Nigel Farage, leader of Britain's United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) enjoys a pint of beer at a pub in South Benfleet, England, Friday, May 23, 2014. UKIP, Britain's anti-European party has made big gains in local elections, taking votes from both the governing Conservatives and main opposition Labour Party. It's a strong performance for the U.K. Independence Party, which advocates pulling Britain out of the EU and stopping the unfettered right to entry of European citizens. With about a third of results declared Friday from voting for 161 local authorities, UKIP had almost 100 seats, well over its predicted total of 80. Britons also voted Thursday in European Parliament elections. Those results will be announced Sunday along with tallies from 27 other EU countries.
(Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)

How anti-Europe politics threaten the U.K. economy

For the British political establishment, it is the day the sneering stopped. The votes are still being counted but the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) is already the winner of local government elections in England. The anti-European Union party led by Nigel Farage, the chain-smoking, beer swilling former City of London trader, is grabbing seats from left and right, and while it is unlikely to take control of a single council it has more than achieved its goal of causing an earthquake in Westminster.