UK: Boris Johnson Extends Poll Lead Ahead of General Election

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion | 11/17/2019 | Vijeta Uniyal
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson-led British Conservatives have doubled their lead over the opposition Labour party days after Nigel Farage pulled hundreds of Brexit Party candidates ahead of the December 12 election. The ruling Conservative party now has the support of around 45 percent of the vote, with the left-wing Labour trailing with 28 percent, the latest YouGov poll for the UK’s Sunday Times shows.

On Monday, Nigel Farage announced his decision to stand down Brexit Party candidates in all 317 seats which the ruling Conservative party had won in the last election, vowing to focus his campaign of pro-EU Labour and Liberal Democrat Members of Parliament (MPs) who prevent the Brexit from happening. Later in the week, Farage’s newly-formed party withdrew 43 further candidates, leaving 274 candidates in the fray in the 650-seat contest for the Lower House of the British parliament.

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The move is seen as a major boost to Prime Minister Johnson’s prospects of getting a comfortable majority in the House. With hundreds of Farage-backed candidates off the field, the Conservatives can now hope to unify the pro-Brexit vote behind the prime minister who renewed his promise to take Britain out of the European Union.

“All 635 Conservative candidates standing at this election – every single one of them – has pledged to me that if elected they will vote in Parliament to pass my Brexit deal so we can end the uncertainty and finally leave the EU,” Prime Minister said on Saturday.

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Reuters also reported similar polling figures showing increased support for Prime Minister Johnson:

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party has a 16-point lead over the opposition Labour Party, according to an opinion poll published by Opinium Research on Saturday, ahead of next month’s election.

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Support for the Conservatives stood at 44%, up 3% compared with last week, compared with Labour’s...
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