Support for new Brexit Party surges amid voter backlash
- Author: Sonia Alvarado May 13, 2019,
May 13, 2019, 16:59
Perhaps even more troubling, polling for general election voting intentions shows the many people appear to plan on backing Mr Farage at in national as well as European elections - with the Brexit Party now outpointing the Conservatives in a ComRes poll.
Conversely, Change UK - the party formed by nine former Labour and three ex-Tory MPs - is languishing on just seven per cent support in the capital, according to the survey carried out on behalf of Queen Mary University of London.
Andrew Hawkins, the chairman of ComRes, described the poll as a "disaster", adding: "If the Conservative leadership contenders are not careful, there will be no party for them to lead".
The poll, which asked 2,004 for their views, also asked participants which party they would back in a general election.
The beneficiaries of a collapse in support for the Tories in London appears to be the Brexit party, which from a standing start is polling in second place.
The shadow Brexit secretary warned it was "impossible" to see how an agreement between the Conservatives and Labour could clear the Commons unless it guaranteed the deal would be put back to the public for a "confirmatory vote".
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Mrs May's government hopes Britons elected to the European Parliament will not need to take their seats.
Education Secretary Damian Hinds told the BBC Sunday there's no doubt that the May 23 European Union elections in Britain will be hard for Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives.
Labour has dropped 5% from 21% the previous week.
"The picture is most stark when we split out Leave and Remain voters - while 63% of Leavers say they will vote for the Brexit Party in the European elections, the most popular party among Remainers (still Labour) only has 31% versus 22% for the Lib Dems and 14% for the Greens".
The failure of the CUK party to break through bodes extremely poorly for the electoral prospects of the "Remain Resistance" led by the likes of Tony Blair, given it was supposed to serve as a Remainer answer to the Brexit Party.
"Interestingly, Brexit voters have deserted the Tories to such an extent that the Conservatives actually have a higher share of the European vote among Remainers (12%) than among Leavers (11%)".