THE Brexit Party and the Liberal Democrats have celebrated successful results in the South East in this year's European elections.

The Brexit Party's founder Nigel Farage was jubilant when the results were announced at the Guildhall in Southampton in the early hours of Monday.

He and fellow party members Alex Phillips, Robert Rowland and Belinda De Camborne Lucy won four of the ten seats up for grabs.

Catherine Bearder (Lib Dems) has retained her seat and said the result for her party has been fantastic as Liberal Democrats Antony Hook and Judith Bunting were also elected.

The Green Party celebrated the victory of Alexandra Phillips.

But Conservative Daniel Hannan and Labour John Howarth, who both retained their seats, said that the results were bad for their parties.

Nigel Farage said the two-party system which has dominated the UK for many years is now in "real trouble".

During his speech at the Guildhall he said the reason for his party's success was "very obvious".

"We voted to leave. We were supposed to do so on March the 29th and we haven't. The Labour and Conservative parties will learn a big lesson from tonight but I don't suppose that they actually will," he added.

He said his party wants to be part of the Brexit negotiating team.

"If we don't leave on October 31, then the scores you've seen for the Brexit Party today will be repeated in a general election and we are getting ready for it,"he added.

But Lib Dem Catherine Bearder said it is absolutely vital that all Remain groups come behind the Liberal Democrats and fight Brexit.

"What we want is for the Labour party to wake up. They now need to read those votes and and say this is not what an official opposition should do. They need to come behind us and put this back to the people,"she added.

Labour John Howarth said his party needs to take a clearer position and back a confirmatory vote on the outcome of any Brexit deal.

Tory Daniel Hannan described the results as the worst his party has had in its entire history and blamed Brexit.

The turnout for the South East was 39.36%.

Here are the number of votes received by the newly-elected MEPs:

Nigel Farage, The Brexit Party, 915,686.

Catherine Bearder, Liberal Democrats 653,743.

Alex Phillips, The Brexit Party, 457,843.

Alexandra Phillips, Green Party, 343,249.

Anthony Hook, Liberal Democrats, 326,872.

Robert Rowland, The Brexit Party, 305, 229.

Daniel Hannan, Conservative, 260,277.

Belinda De Camborne Lucy, The Brexit Party, 228,922.

Judith Bunting, Liberal Democrats, 217,914.

John Howarth, Labour, 184,678.