France’s Marine Le Pen has called for a ‘powerful’ far-right group in the European Parliament as her National Rally party tops exit polls with more nationalist parties set to make huge gains across the continent.
As exit polls start to trickle in from across Europe there have been Yellow Vest riots in Brussels, the headquarters of the EU.
The protest marches turned violent with demonstrators pelting buildings and police using pepper spray in the confrontations.
Several hundred protesters in yellow vests demonstrating against the perceived social injustice while many hooded people in black also taunted authorities.
Police on horseback patrolled the historic centre and scuffles broke out in different areas and several people were detained.
Belgium is holding a general election on Sunday as well as the European Elections.
Right-wing nationalists wanting to stem immigration into Europe and return power to national governments are expected to make gains, though mainstream parties are tipped to hold on to power.
Exit polls in the ‘Gilets Jaunes’ native France show Le Pen’s National Rally in front with 23.2 per cent, President Emmanuel Macron’s En Marche party just behind with 21.9 per cent and The Greens with 12.8 per cent.
In the UK Nigel Farage is expected to secure a historic victory when votes are counted from 10pm this evening, crushing the Tories in light of Brexit chaos and Theresa May’s resignation. The results are expected overnight with some 426million people eligible to vote.
Police use tear gas on the demonstrators clad in black with their hoods up as the scenes turn violent at the home of the EU
Belgian riot police tried to control the protests with shields and batons as a number of objects were thrown by the demonstrators
The protest has taken place as Europe braces itself for the election results in which a right-wing rise could shake up the political system
A masked protester in Brussels, the headquarters of the EU, stands up to armed police as clouds of yellow gas surround the demonstration
Belgium is also holding the results of its own general election today alongside the European vote, sparking civil unrest
The protest march turned violent with demonstrators pelting buildings and police using pepper spray in the ugly confrontations
Yellow Vest protests have entered their 28th week after starting in France. The past six months have seen it replicated in other countries as people have been taking to the streets to rail against the political class
A protester wears a gruesome wolf mask as well as the famed yellow jacket with an EU flag visible in the background on a momentous day for the Union
A pair of amorous demonstrators wearing the yellow hi-viz jackets associated with the nebulous movement kiss in front of police wearing riot gear
A woman is detained by police who hold her on the floor on a day in which several people were arrested in the violent confrontations
Demonstrators clash with police trying to hold them back by the Brussels-North railway station in the Belgian capital
A riot policeman strikes a protester on the ground with a baton as another appears to hold out his hand to the officers