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Farage’s Brexit Party storms ahead in EU Elections

Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party has seen massive success in the 2019 European elections, taking a third of the overall vote in the UK.

Despite only being up and running for six weeks, the party has taken 28 of the 64 seats so far.

Retired former minister and Tory-to-Brexit Party defector Ann Widdecombe won her seat in South West England.

Appearing on Good Morning Britain, Farage said: “This is one hell of an achievement.”

Explaining his party’s success, he said: “When people woke up on March 30th this year and realised we didn’t leave the European Union, that’s when in large numbers, they became ready to vote for a different party.”

Nigel Farage also pledged that if the UK doesn't leave the EU by October 31st, “the Brexit party will go on to a general election and stun everybody there too”.

Surprising results from the 2019 EU elections.

However, the Brexit Party wasn’t the only minority party making great strides. The Liberal Democrats came in second, taking 20.% of the overall vote and 15 seats - an astounding 14 more than in the 2014 EU elections.

President of the Liberal Democrats Baroness Brinton told Good Morning Britain: “That’s the best result we’ve had in the EU elections.”
Greens have done well across the UK, winning seven seats with a gain of four.

Jonathan Bartley, leader of the UK Greens party said more young people are becoming concerned about the state of the environment, due to more calls for governments to declare a climate emergency.

‘There are some very, very big issues people know there’s an urgency about addressing. People are discarding the constraints of the first party system and really voting for what they believe in and that makes things very exciting,” he said.

Best cities for dogs to live in revealed

The country's top cities for dogs revealed

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A new study by Paws.com has revealed which of the UK's 25 major cities has the best quality of life for man's best friend.

According to the research, Newcastle is the most dog-friendly city in the UK, with the city ranking highly across most factors, with excellent air quality, expanses of green space and a tidy environment with low litter levels.

Second place goes to pup-friendly Preston, which boasts the highest number of dogs per capita. It’s been praised for offering plenty of opportunities for doggy socialising, as well as vast areas of good quality local parks.

Theresa May to resign as PM

Theresa May has announced she will be resigning as Prime Minister on Friday 7th June 2019. It puts an end to a chaotic three-year term marred by her controversial Brexit deal, which has been widely criticised by both sides of Parliament.

In an emotional statement delivered in front of Downing Street, she said: “I have done everything I can to convince MPs to back that deal. Sadly I have not been able to do so.”

"I tried three times. I believe it was right to persevere, even when the odds against success seemed high.

"I have striven to make the UK a country that works not just for a privileged few but for everyone and to honour the result of the EU referendum.

"It will always remain a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit."

Never forget that compromise is not a dirty word.

– Theresa May

May also recalled words of advice given to her by one of her constituents: "Never forget that compromise is not a dirty word. Life depends on compromise."

She broke down in tears as she finished the speech with: "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."

Shadow Foreign Secretary: We're 'stuck with no way forward' on Brexit deal

Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry has said the the only way forward with Brexit is to give the public a referendum.

The Labour MP says the government 'aren't getting anywhere' with current negotiations, and insists the public should have a say.

She told Piers and Susanna: "We have been trying to leave in a proper way that looks after the economy but we have got ourselves completely stuck, we have got a government that doesn't listen, that won't change what it is that they want. We're just stuck and we can't move on any further."

Nicola Sturgeon 'confident' Scotland could join the EU

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon is urging remainers to vote for her party in the EU elections, even if they're against Scottish independence. Ms Sturgeon said she would still push for a second Scottish independence referendum even if the UK ends up remaining inside the European Union.

The First Minister of Scotland joined us on Good Morning Britain and said she was more sure than ever that an independent Scotland would be welcomed with open arms into the EU.

Speaking to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid ahead of the European Elections, she confessed: “I’m more confident than I’ve ever been, and I was pretty confident in 2014, that Scotland would be welcomed with open arms by the EU. If you look at the 27 member states of the EU, about a dozen of them are countries of similar size to or smaller than Scotland. So, it’s perfectly normal to be a small independent country in the EU.”

F1 legend Niki Lauda dies aged 70

Niki Lauda passed away on Monday his family confirmed.

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Formula 1 legend Niki Lauda has passed away after suffering kidney problems.

The three-time world champion, went on to win two of his titles after a horrific crash left him with serious burns.

The Austria Press Agency reported Lauda's family confirmed in a statement that he "passed away peacefully" on Monday.

Walter Klepetko, a doctor who carried out a lung transplant on Lauda in 2018, also confirmed the death on Tuesday adding: "Niki Lauda has died. I have to confirm that."

Since news broke of his passing, Formula 1 racing team McLaren said they were "deeply saddened" by his death in a post on Twitter.