News | Published April 18 2019

Farage's Brexit Party firmly in the lead for European elections, polls say

The new Brexit Party, led by former UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, is in the lead for May's  European Parliament elections, according to a new poll.

Commissioned by the People's Vote campaign in response to the Brexit Party's official launch last week, the YouGov poll has them leading with 27 per cent of the vote; Labour and the Conservatives are lagging behind with 22 and 15 per cent, respectively.

The poll suggests that former UKIP voters moving to back the new party may be responsible for their growing support. Compared to projections from a poll just a week ago, UKIP's support has dwindled by half, down to seven per cent from 14 per cent.

Change UK, which was approved as a participant for the European elections on April 16, holds just six per cent of the vote, with ten per cent for the Greens and nine per cent for the Liberal Democrats; the SNP and Plaid Cymru are at the back of the line with just four per cent.

With the UK poised to take part in the May 23 EU elections in the wake of the continued impasse at Westminster, the Conservative government may need to brace itself for yet another setback.

The prime minister's withdrawal agreement has already been blocked on three separate occasions by MPs, prompting two Brexit delays. The UK is now scheduled to leave the European Union on October 31.

However, the government is optimistic that it can get a deal over the line in time to avert the UK's involvement in the EU elections. Theresa May has been in talks with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in an effort to map a route out of the current Brexit deadlock.

Should a deal not pass and the UK consequently participate in the European Parliament elections, results will surely be closely regarded as indicative of the British public's stance on Brexit.

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Authored by

Scott Challinor
Business Editor
April 18 2019

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