They say a picture can tell a thousand words and one graphic shown on the BBC website did more than any story could do to sum up, not just the results of the EU elections in Britain, but the increasing threat of Brexit to the future of the UK.

In the image, to highlight the percentage of vote share for each party, the colour shade for The Brexit Party, which won 29 seats, is a dark teal colour and permeates the map across England and Wales. Scotland on the other hand is largely yellow to indicate the surge in support for the Scottish National Party. It’s a stark image with the Scottish Borders as the dividing line between the two colours. What’s clear to anyone looking at the image and considering what the results mean for the future of the UK, is that the potential for Scotland waving goodbye to the UK and thus breaking up the Union is greater than ever.

In Scotland the SNP secured three seats out of the six available. Party leader Nicola Sturgeon, with the case for independence never far from her agenda, has warned both the Conservatives and Labour that the case for another referendum on Scottish independence has increased following her party’s victory. “Scotland said no to Brexit in 2016. This result makes clear: we meant it,” she said, adding: “If all Westminster has to offer is more chaos and confusion – potentially under the premiership of an extreme Tory Brexiteer – then more and more people will come to the conclusion that Scotland’s future is best served as an independent country.”

Sturgeon isn’t known for pulling punches and she certainly didn’t with this statement. And who could blame her? It’s no surprise that the SNP is set to publish draft legislation on a second independence referendum following its successful election performance. And neither the Conservatives nor Labour can blame anyone else but themselves, for this is a fiasco that both have contributed almost equally to. Theresa May is slightly in front, having completely botched the negotiations but Jeremy Corbyn’s refusal to clarify the Labour party’s stance on Brexit, instead hoping that dilly dallying on the fence would give the Conservatives time to implode, paving the way for a successful Labour election, has backfired.

Certainly, the EU election result is a huge shock for the two main political parties and should serve as a big wake up call that people want and know they deserve clarity on Brexit. I’d bet Theresa May was quietly relieved that she had already announced her resignation before the EU election. Such was the disastrous performance by the Conservative party across the UK; the Tories lost 15 MEP seats to take just four and suffered its lowest vote share in a national election since the party was formed in 1834! No leader with an already shaky track record could have survived such a huge defeat. She saved herself that embarrassment, at least. But with May’s resignation, the prospect of a hardline Brexiter taking over from her seems all the more likely. That may offer clarity, but there’ll be little in the way of compromise.

There are a few different ways to look at the results of the election. There’s no doubt that there’s a large proportion of the electorate in England and Wales that want the UK’s exit from Europe to go ahead. But grouped together, anti-Brexit parties secured more votes than those supporting a no-deal Brexit. So above everything else, the fact remains that there is still no overall majority for a no-deal Brexit, both outside and inside Parliament.

I know many people who didn’t vote this time around, and that was their own way of protesting. They couldn’t bring themselves to engage in a process that has gone around and around in circles for three years, only to bring us out at pretty much the same place. The only thing that’s clearer now is that the UK is more polarised than ever and I can’t see any signs of that changing any time soon.