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Farage blasts 'business as usual' in Brussels

UKIP leader Nigel Farage, pictured in central London on May 26, 2014Voters may have just delivered a stinging rebuke to the EU establishment but it looks like “business as usual” in Brussels, Nigel Farage, head of the anti-EU UK Independence Party, said Tuesday. “There is a big, dissident voice now in the European Parliament,” Farage said as party leaders met to work out the next step after anti-EU and anti-immigrant parties upset the traditional centre-left/centre-right apple cart. Farage is well known as an MEP for his biting attacks on the excesses and failings of the EU and his presence may have proved uncomfortable for European Parliament party leaders trying to settle who of their candidates should go through to head the European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm. They agreed that Jean-Claude Juncker, backed by the centre-right European People’s Party, should be first up since the group, though much reduced in Sunday’s vote, remains the largest, with 213 of the 751 seats.

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