EU elections latest polls: Tories on course for DEFEAT as Brexit Party SURGES ahead

The European Parliament elections will take place between May 23 and 26, and see some 73 MEPs elected to represent the UK in the EU. At a time where the UK was meant to have left the EU already, the fight in these election campaigns is unsurprisingly charged, with millions of voters disenfranchised and disillusioned with the ruling party. And it seems that sentiment has led to a massive surge in support for former UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s new Brexit Party.

The two polls in question show fairly similar results.

The first was commissioned by the People’s Vote campaign for a second referendum, in which YouGov questioned 1,855 British adults between April 15 and 16.

The results were weighted by likelihood to vote, and follows the Brexit Party’s official launch last week.

It found the Brexit Party on 27 percent, ahead of Labour on 22 percent and the Conservatives on 15 percent.

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The second was also conducted by YouGov exclusively for The Times, polling 1,755 people over April 16 and 17.

It shows similar results, with the Brexit Party on 23 percent, Labour on 22 percent and the Conservatives on 17 percent.

Both polls show UKIP support plummeting to around six percent.

The results suggest the sharp rise in support for Nigel Farage’s party are down to UKIP supporters switching allegiance.

On Thursday morning, Mr Farage tweeted: “As UKIP launch their euro election campaign, they now have just 3 MEPs. The Brexit Party has 16.

“The lurch towards extremism has destroyed UKIP.”

Having only formed in January, the rise of support for the Brexit party has been rapid.

Mr Farage hailed the “positive vibes” of the polling for the May 23 election, adding: “There is a long way to go, but it is clear that there is a desire to change politics for good.”

The results of the polls will heighten fears in Downing Street that the Tories are on course for a damaging defeat which could reignite calls for Theresa May to resign.

There was also less positive news for Change UK, the independent group of former Labour and Conservative MPs, on just eight percent in The Times’s poll, up just a point.

Change UK said this week that 3,700 people had applied to stand as candidates for the 70 seats in Great Britain. It will open its campaign on Tuesday.

The Greens rose two points in The Times poll to 10 per cent and the Liberal Democrats one point to 9 per cent.


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