With just days to go before voting begins, latest batch of polls are out, and they've confirmed that, during the final stretch of the campaign, the Brexit Party has only strengthened its lead in the race to win the UK's 70 seats in the EU Parliament.
That's huge news for the newly formed party, which was founded just weeks ago by former UKIP leader and purported 'Brexit architect' Nigel Farage. Because the UK elects its 70 MEPs via regional votes, and seats are distributed based on each party's percentage of the vote in a given region, it looks increasingly likely that Brexit will win at least a plurality of the seats.
The Brexit Party is still well ahead nationally, leading the Lib Dems, Labour, the Greens and the Conservatives.
European Parliament voting intention:— Britain Elects (@britainelects) May 18, 2019
BREX: 34% (+34)
LDEM: 17% (+10)
LAB: 15% (-10)
GRN: 11% (+3)
CON: 9% (-15)
CHUK: 4% (+4)
UKIP: 3% (-24)
via @YouGov, 8 - 17 May
Chgs. w/ 2014 result.
Support for the Party is particularly intense in Wales.
Welsh European Parliament voting intention:— Britain Elects (@britainelects) May 20, 2019
BREX: 36% (+26)
PC: 19% (+4)
LAB: 15% (-15)
LDEM: 10% (+4)
GRN: 8% (+5)
CON: 7% (-9)
UKIP: 2% (-9)
CHUK: 2% (-6)
via @YouGov, 16 - 20 May
Meanwhile, both Labour and the Conservatives are taking a beating in the polls, a sign that Britons are apparently using the vote to vent their frustration with the UK's political establishment.
Farage's success with the Brexit Party has clearly alarmed remainers who have been secretly hoping the impasse in Parliament would lead to Brexit being cancelled.
Just yesterday, Farage became the latest conservative British politician to be doused with a milkshake.
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage hit by a 'banana and salted caramel milkshake' thrown by a protester in Newcastle pic.twitter.com/usBtF7VAVe— The Independent (@Independent) May 20, 2019
The 'milkshaking' of conservative political figures has become a trend in recent weeks, with the assailants typically accompanying the throw of the milkshake with accusations of fascism or racism.
The trend raised such an uproar that McDonald's said it would stop selling milkshakes in Scotland at the behest of police while Farage was in town.
Other rival chains seized the opportunity to do some 'virtue signaling', and Burger King chimed in to warn the people of Scotland that it would be selling milkshakes.
Dear people of Scotland.— Burger King (@BurgerKingUK) May 18, 2019
We’re selling milkshakes all weekend.
Love BK #justsaying
Unfortunately for BK, a Five Guys milkshake was used by Farage's assailant - a banana and salted caramel shake, to be exact.