Local election results on May 3rd redefined the place of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) on Britain’s political spectrum, as the anti-EU, anti-immigration party took a quarter of all votes cast. This leaves analysts and other interested parties scraping to get to the bottom of these sizeable gains at the polls for what was previously a notably “fringe” party. Predicting the possible repercussions of these results for British politics and placing UKIP’s surge in the context of a wider European trend in this right-wing direction remains a difficult proposition. 

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