People in Harrow reject Brexit, pro-EU campaigners said in reaction to the European Parliament election results. 

Following the EU election last Thursday (May 23), the Liberal Democrats came out as the most successful party in London while collectively, Remain-supporting groups came out on top. 

Adam Bernard, the Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Harrow East, said Londoners had “sent a clear message that they reject Brexit”.

Labour suffered a chastening election, losing more than 11 percentage points compared to 2014 and dropping behind the Lib Dems in London and nationally.

But the group topped the polls in Harrow, and Harrow West MP Gareth Thomas said this showed people in the borough still had faith in the party.

A leading campaigner in the bid for a people’s vote on any Brexit deal, he said it was vital his party “gets its national message right”.

Despite successes for Remain supporters, Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party, which advocates a no-deal divorce as soon as possible, was the biggest winner overall.

It returned 29 MEPs and secured almost a third of all votes cast, suggesting the country remains divided over the issue.

Nevertheless, David Keys, secretary of the Harrow and Hillingdon European Movement, maintained people in his region have “moved ever more decisively in a Remain direction”.

He added his group’s campaign against Brexit will be “expanded”, with further events in support of maintaining EU membership planned.

The Conservative Party also suffered greatly in these elections, losing both its London MEPs and winning just four seats overall.

It faced a backlash for the government’s failure to deliver an acceptable Brexit deal, a situation which ultimately led to prime minister Theresa May announcing her resignation.

But Cllr Paul Osborn, leader of Harrow Conservatives, said the UK should still press ahead with Brexit.

He said: “Despite the Conservatives getting a higher share of the vote in Harrow than anywhere else in London, there is no doubt this is a bad result for us.

“It shows the need to deliver on the result of the 2016 Referendum and leave the European Union on October 31.”

Harrow Labour Group was contacted for comment.