UK Election: PM Johnson’s Lead Narrows as Remainers Form Pact; Farage’s Brexit Party Goes it Alone
“Remain Alliance” targeting “dozens of seats across the UK in an all-out bid to block Boris Johnson and Brexit”
The UK Conservative party’s lead is narrowing in polls as Remain parties enter an election pact to defeat Prime Minister Johnson and prevent Brexit ahead of the December 12 general election. The pro-EU Liberal Democrats and the Green party are targeting specific constituencies to maximize their chances of entering the parliament. The so-called ‘Remain Alliance’ is targeting “dozens of seats across the UK in an all-out bid to block Boris Johnson and Brexit,” the Daily Mail reported Sunday.
Prime Minister Johnson’s projected lead over the rival Labour party has almost halved, dropping from 16 percent nearly two weeks ago to just eight percent. The Conservatives could still muster a majority of 50 seats, polls on Sunday show. However most of these 50 seats are in the so-called ‘marginal constituencies” which “have never elected a Conservative” lawmaker, UK newspaper The Sun noted.
While the pro-EU Remainers are busy mobilizing, the chance of a pre-election understanding between Prime Minister Johnson-led Conservatives and Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party is diminishing by the day. The UK Prime Minister “again dismissed the prospect of an electoral alliance with Mr Farage,” the Daily Mail reported on Sunday.
The Daily Telegraph reported the latest polls taken over the weekend:
Boris Johnson’s Conservatives are only eight points ahead of Labour, according to a poll for The Sunday Telegraph.
The ORB International survey for the newspaper puts the Tories on 36 per cent, with 28 for Labour, 14 per cent for the Liberal Democrats and 12 per cent for Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party.
Undertaken on Wednesday and Thursday, the new poll is likely to spark concern within the Conservative campaign.
Experts warned that Mr Johnson will need to significantly increase his lead to be sure of securing a majority.
Farage, who led his Brexit Party to a stunning victory in the EU parliament election in May, has offered to pull out hundreds of party candidates in favor of Prime Minister Johnson’s Conservatives. After being rebuffed by the Conservatives, the Brexit Party is now fielding around 600 candidates in a 650-seat contest. On Sunday, Farage revealed his decision not to run for the parliament. He will instead focus on campaigning for party candidates across the country.
President Donald Trump, who openly backs Brexit, called on Farage and his Brexit Party to get behind the Conservatives in the coming election. Talking to Farage on Thursday, the U.S. President described the British Prime Minister as the best man in place to get Britain out of the EU. “He’s a fantastic man and I think he’s the exact right guy for the times.” President Trump told Farage on Farage’s LBC radio show. “And I know that you and him will end up doing something that could be terrific. If you and he get together it’s, you know, unstoppable force.”
President Trump warned of the prospect of Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn winning Downing Street. “Corbyn would be so bad for your country, he’d be so bad, he’d take you on such a bad way. He’d take you into such bad places,” President Trump cautioned.
The division of the vote between the Conservatives and the Brexit Party could prove to be a major flaw in Prime Minister Johnson’s election strategy. While the Remainer parties are mobilizing their pro-EU vote, the Conservatives are failing to consolidate the pro-Brexit vote.
President Trump urges PM Johnson and Nigel Farage for enter an election pact
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Are we to believe the polls?
I don’t rely too much on polls myself. But they are showing a general trend ahead of the UK general election.
Justice delayed is justice denied. How true.
When the “Conservative” Party fails to do what it promised to do, of course they’re going to lose support.
I have to excuse some of that as Johnson’s good-faith effort to bluff his way though.
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