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Nigel Farage ridiculed after claiming new EU President’s 54% vote share isn’t a big enough margin

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The leader of the Brexit Party, Nigel Farage, has been well and truly mocked on social media after claiming that the 54% winning vote share received by the new EU President yesterday – ironically 2% more than the vote share received by the Leave campaign in the 2016 EU referendum – was not enough to make her EU Presidency legitimate.

Yesterday, Ursula von der Leyen was narrowly elected as the President of the EU Commision after receiving 383 votes in favour and 327 against, with 22 MEPs abstaining and one blank ballot.

Von der Leyen needed a minimum of 374 votes – an overall majority of MEPs – in order to be confirmed as President.

However, of those who cast their vote, the new EU President’s vote share was 53.9% – actually a higher vote share than was gained by the Brexit campaign, at 51.9%, in 2016.

Despite the Brexit vote having less of a mandate, Nigel Farage couldn’t resist attempting to discredit the newly-elected EU President, stating on Twitter:

“Ursula von der Leyen has scraped in by 9 votes. Power but no legitimacy.”

Unsurprisingly, Farage’s comment was immediately leapt upon and ridiculed, with anti-Brexit campaigner Femi Oluwole’s tongue-in-cheek response – humurously referencing the 2016 Brexit referendum result – gaining almost 3 times the amount of ‘likes’ as Farage’s initial tweet:

“So what you’re saying is… a 51.something% victory isn’t enough for a vote to be legitimate? Would that be what you’d call “unfinished business”?”

Other responses also referenced the same staggering hypocrisy:



In addition to numerous people stating the astonishing irony of Nigel Farage claiming a 54% mandate wasn’t democratically legitimate, many also pointed to the distinct lack of democracy in his own party:


The hypocrisy of the man is simply staggering.

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