ANTI-EU UKIP party has made strong ground in local elections in Britain, suggesting European Parliament elections could go the same way.
The UK Independence Party, led by Nigel Farage, has taken seats from Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives, and from the opposition Labour Party.
The results indicate that UKIP could also so well in the European Parliament elections, held the same day.
The European election results will be announced on Sunday evening, in line with the rest of the EU.
Cameron has promised to try to reshape Britain’s ties with the EU if re-elected next year, and to give Britons an in/out EU membership referendum by the end of 2017.
UKIP, however, wants an immediate referendum.
If Britain was to leave the EU, it could have serious implications for expats living in Spain.
At the moment, all EU citizens have the right to live, work, study and retire in any other EU country.
But Farage not only wants to see Britain out of the EU, but also ‘Europe out of the EU’.
UKIP have won 86 new seats in the elections, according to partial results from a third of councils, which will pressure on Cameron to stiffen his approach to Europe.
Jeremy Browne, a Liberal Democrat lawmaker said on BBC TV: “I think Nigel Farage for quite a lot of those people is just a big sort of two fingers stuck up at what they feel is a sort of hectoring, out-of-touch elite.”