European elections LIVE: Luvvie celebrities issue plea to voters to stop populist ‘attack'
The document, signed by around 500 filmmakers, including leading British film industry figures Stephen Frears and Ralph Fiennes, calls for victory in the “battle of ideas”. The manifesto states: “Let us remember that Europe united for peace. What started as a union of six countries has now grown to include 28 countries in a unique alliance that is inspiring for all of humanity.”
It continues: “This union was built on the principles of open borders, free circulation, fraternity, solidarity, values that are today under attack on all fronts, including from within Europe itself.”
Britain goes to the polls tomorrow with Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party tipped for the top while Theresa May’s Tories go into meltdown.
Ballot boxes are open from 7am until 10pm tomorrow but the results will not be officially declared until Sunday night when polling across the rest of Europe closes.
In most areas of the UK, votes will have been counted earlier in the day and the results passed to one of the regional declaration centres.
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Some British expats fear their postal votes won’t count
11.54am update: Theresa May ‘could be out before Brexit vote’
Theresa May could be forced out of office before presenting her new Brexit offer to MPs if the Tories receive a drubbing in the European elections, according to Lib Dem Brexit spokesman Tom Brake.
The former minister said he was “not convinced” the Prime Minister “won’t have to go by the end of this week” amid polling suggestions he said put the Tories’ support in “single figures”.
Mr Brake said Mrs May’s speech offering MPs a vote on whether to hold a second Brexit referendum in a last-ditch effort to get a deal through Parliament was a “case of groundhog day laced with deja vu”.
He said: “I’m not convinced that she won’t have to go by the end of this week, first of all.
“The European elections, the polls suggest the Tory Party may be into single figures in terms of its level of support, probably I think that would constitute the worst result its ever had as a party.
“Can the Prime Minister stay in post for a matter of hours after that?”
Theresa May could be forced to leave office before her Brexit deal goes before MPs
11.32am updates: Expats fear postal votes will not count after ballot paper mix-up
Britons living in France could miss out on their postal votes in tomorrow’s European elections because of a mix-up over their ballot papers.
Some forms have arrived too late to make tomorrow’s voting deadline and some have failed to turn up at all, according to the BBC.
A number of local councils opted to use a postal service called Adare to send out the forms which are understood to have been distributed via the Netherlands. Adare said all ballots were posted “in line with the election and council timetables”.
The company insisted it had used “reputable mail handlers” whose job it was to “assess the best route through other European countries before the mail arrives at the final destination”.
Polls open in the UK at 7am tomorrow and are open until 10pm. Postal voters must have their papers back in the UK by the time the polls close.
It is believed thousands of Britons living in France could be affected.
Nigel Farage addresses the Brexit Party’s closing rally
11.13am update: Cable accuses Farage of “whipping up antagonism”
Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable has accused Nigel Farage of “whipping up antagonism” against foreigners.
In a heated face-to-face clash ahead of tomorrow’s European elections, Sir Vince told Mr Farage: “In the referendum you told us that next year, 2020, Turks are going to be free to come to come to this country. A lot of people were alarmed by something that is patently untrue.
“You put out that advertisement, the hoarding, showing immigrants who had dark faces. I welcome people with dark faces. I was married to one.
“But people coming in from Europe are Europeans. It was giving a totally false picture of what immigration actually amounts to.”
Mr Farage insisted he is more internationalist than people who want to stay in the EU.
He said: “All I have ever argued with immigration is that we should have a free, fair system that stops discriminating against India and against Australia in favour of Romania, or anywhere else.
“I utterly reject the idea that I am trying to stir anything up.
“Far from being racist, actually, we really are more internationalist than those who want our whole future decided by the EU.”
Sir Vince Cable accused Nigel Farage of whipping up antagonism against foreigners
10.01am update: Tory peer suspended over Lib Dem endorsement
Tory peer Lord Cooper of Windrush has had the whip suspended after saying he would vote Liberal Democrat tomorrow.
Party bosses took action after Lord Cooper, former Director of Strategy in the Cameron–Clegg coalition, tweeted his endorsement of the Lib Dems.
A Conservative spokesman said: “Publicly endorsing the candidates of another party is not compatible with taking the Conservative whip in Parliament.
“As a result, the Chief Whip in the House of Lords has informed Lord Cooper of Windrush that he will have the Conservative whip suspended.
“This will be reviewed if he is willing to support Conservative candidates at future elections.”
9.03am update: EU plans fast-track investigation into Farage funding
An EU investigation into Nigel Farage’s alleged funding from Leave donor Arron Banks could be fast-tracked, a European Parliament source revealed last night.
European Parliament President Antonio Tajani has “referred” the Brexit Party leader to the institution’s code of conduct watchdog committee, a senior source told Express.co.uk.
Mr Farage could be pulled in front of the five-MEP advisory committee as early as June 4, unless they decide to hold an emergency session to scrutinise the Brexit Party leader’s funding.
Last week, Channel 4 claimed that Mr Farage was handed £450,000 by Mr Banks, the Leave campaign’s largest single donor
Mr Farage told supporters at a rally last night: ”Let me make clear to all the conspiracy theorists.
“Our money comes from this growing mass movement of people.”
Nigel Farage looks set for success in the European elections
9.41 update: France warns Farage success will cause ‘big headache’ in Brussels
Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party will create a big headache for the EU if it wins tomorrow’s European elections, according to French finance minister Bruno Le Maire.
The newly created Brexit Party is well ahead of its rivals in the opinion polls and is tipped for sweeping success at the ballot box.
Mr Le Maire said: “When you have Nigel Farage at more than 35 percent of the vote that won’t be easy for the European Union to manage. How long do we continue like that?
“I consider that the British people decided to leave the European Union and the faster Britain leaves the better.
“The longer this process lasts is neither good for Britain nor the European Union.
“When you push back endlessly it’s toxic and that’s what’s going to happen.
“When a separation lasts too long it stops each member of the couple from calmly rebuilding their life.
“It’s exactly the same for nations.”
8.30am update: Farage demands role in future Brexit negotiations
Nigel Farage said his Brexit Party will demand seats at the Brexit negotiating table if they come top in the European elections.
The former Ukip leader also speculated that wins for the Brexit Party could have an impact on the leadership of the two main Westminster parties.
He said: “We will quickly get rid of the worst prime minister in the history of our nation.
“You never know, given the way we are smashing the Labour vote in Wales and the Midlands, a big Brexit win might get rid of Jeremy Corbyn as well.”
The Brexit Party is currently topping the polls ahead of Thursday’s vote. A seven-day rolling average on Tuesday predicted they will take home 34 percent of the vote.
7.30am update: Parties hold final election rallies
The Brexit Party, Liberal Democrats, Green Party and Change UK have all held closing rallies ahead of tomorrow’s European elections.
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage urged traditional Tory voters angry over Brexit to back his party and pledged a “peaceful political revolution”.
Vince Cable said a strong showing for the Lib Dems would advance the “wider cause of stopping Brexit”.
Former Conservative MP Anna Soubry urged Change UK supporters to “get out there and speak to all of those people who believe our great country has made a terrible mistake” over Brexit.
Former Green Party leader Caroline Lucas told a rally in Oxford she was campaigning hard for a referendum on the terms of Brexit and described Theresa May’s revised Brexit offer to MPs to “putting lipstick on a pig”.