United Kingdom parties make final push before December 12 polls

British prime minister Boris Johnson has been accused of breaking his word over his commitment to protect the union between Great Britain and Northern Ireland by the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the election after disputes within his own Conservative party and with his Northern Irish allies over Brexit left him unable to command a majority in the House of Commons.

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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson sits on a train in London, Friday Dec. 6, 2019, on the campaign trail ahead of the general election on Dec. 12.

"Brexit is the most radical and profound change to the management of this country", Johnson told Sky, adding that he would lead the United Kingdom out of the European Union on January 31 if he wins a majority in the 650-seat parliament.

"We're fighting for every vote and. this is a critical moment for this country, the choice on Thursday is unbelievably stark", he told Sky News.

The main opposition Labour Party has also been moving to shore up votes that it could have counted on in years past.

Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson has signalled the party would be more open to an accord with Labour in a hung parliament if Jeremy Corbyn stood down after the election.

While a Survation poll published on Monday gave the Conservatives a 14-point lead over Labour - 45 per cent to 31 per cent - up from nine points last week.

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Nevertheless, the prime minister did admit that some customs checks for objects crossing the Irish Sea could be put in place after Brexit, however mentioned these would exclusively be utilized to items travelling to the Republic of Eire.

"So, there was always a distinction between goods coming from GB into Northern Ireland versus goods going from Northern Ireland into GB and we spent many hours discussing and negotiating that, and I think explaining it too".

"The North remembers. We will never forgive or forget the cruelty of Thatcher's Tories".

His critics say the timetable would be impossibly tight and could lead Britain towards another Brexit crisis at the end of next year if the United Kingdom left the European Union without a trade deal.

The parties have aligned themselves along Leave/Remain lines, with the Conservatives campaigning for an exit with a treaty, the Brexit Party lobbying for a clean-break Brexit, Labour pushing for a second referendum and many of its MPs backing Remain, and the Liberal Democrats, the most extreme of the Remain parties, calling for the cancellation of Brexit altogether.

Labour meanwhile said it would introduce free care for all elderly people.

During an interview, an ITV reporter repeatedly tried to show Johnson a picture on his phone of the 4-year-old boy lying on a pile of coats, which featured on the front page of the Labour-supporting Daily Mirror.

Labour has promised to renegotiate Johnson's Brexit deal and put it to a referendum within six months of taking office.

  • Sonia Alvarado