The British political party that precipitated the cataclysmic Brexit vote is on course for a wipeout at the first major electoral test since the referendum, according to a CNN report.
The UK Independence Party, for years led by its charismatic figurehead Nigel Farage, suffered a collapse in support at local elections held around England, Scotland, and Wales.
By lunchtime in Britain, UKIP had lost all the seats that it held, and failed to make any gains.
In the years leading to the referendum, UKIP wielded an influence far beyond its political representation. It never gained more than one MP in the UK parliament, but the former Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron was so worried about the prospect of losing support from voters skeptical of the European Union in the 2015 general election that he promised the in-out referendum.
Farage resigned as party leader in the wake of the subsequent 2016 referendum, declaring his work complete. Since then, UKIP has been riven by infighting and factionalism.
Early results indicate the governing Conservative Party has made significant gains at UKIP’s expense. The Conservatives have adopted an increasingly hardline approach to Britain’s exit from the European Union, undercutting UKIP on its central message and apparently wooing voters back to the mainstream.
UKIP leader Paul Nuttall said it had been “been a difficult night” for his party, adding, “We are the victims of our own success.”