Date: 2019-12-12 23:04:32
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Leader of the Brexit Party Nigel Farage’s reaction to the exit poll.
The Brexit Party is not expected to win any seats tonight but party leader Nigel Farage tells the BBC’s Andrew Neil: “If we get Brexit, we’ve done a good job.”
However, he adds that if Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal passes unamended “I can’t bring myself to support it.”
He thinks it’ll result in a closer relationship with the EU going forward than he’d like.
“My purpose was to try to get right kind of Brexit – if we get half a loaf out of it – that is what we achieved,” he says.
Asked if he will now step down from politics, he says: “Let’s see where we are in six months – I may have to throw my hat back into the ring.”
On his own vote, he says he couldn’t bring himself to support the Conservatives so he spoiled his ballot paper.
“How I voted under this system is pretty irrelevant,” he adds attacking first-past-the-post.
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The Conservatives are set to win an overall majority of 86 in the general election, according to an exit poll for the BBC, ITV and Sky News.
The survey taken at UK polling stations suggests the Tories will get 368 MPs – 50 more than at the 2017 election – when all the results have been counted.
Labour would get 191, the Lib Dems 13, the Brexit Party none and the SNP 55.
The Green Party will still have one MP and Plaid Cymru will lose one seat for a total of three, the survey suggests.
The first general election results are due before midnight, with the final total expected to be known by Friday lunchtime.