A HANDFUL of votes in key marginal seats could make a massive difference to Brexit — and who lives in No10 for the next five years.
Securing the UK’s departure from the European Union will mean traditional non-Tory voters backing Boris Johnson for the first time.
Nigel Farage is still standing Brexit Party candidates in more than 270 seats, meaning the chances of a Tory majority are at risk.
The polls may give the Tories a nationwide lead but votes for the Brexit Party in battleground seats may mean a Labour candidate is returned to Westminster.
Turnout will be crucial on Thursday and the Tories are offering potential voters a lift to the polling station or even a reminder to vote via www.conservatives.com/vote
Labour and Momentum activists will mobilise 100,000 supporters to key seats in an attempt to boost their vote and stop Mr Johnson returning to Downing Street. The prize for backing Boris is ensuring Brexit next month — rather than a second EU vote or another poll on Scottish independence.
The Tories have splashed out election cash securing a key position yesterday on YouTube, where viewers are told they can “End The Uncertainty” over Brexit.
The party leaders were out campaigning yesterday. Boris Johnson was in Cheadle, Greater Manchester, Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn visited Barry, South Wales, the Lib Dems’ Jo Swinson was in St Albans, Herts, and the Brexit Party’s Mr Farage in Sedgefield, Co Durham.
10,000 voters in key seats to decide Euro fate
JUST 10,000 voters in battleground seats have the destiny of Brexit in their hands.
Swing voters in knife-edge constituencies will be crucial on Thursday in deciding if Boris Johnson gets it done.
But there are fears Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party could gain enough votes to stop him returning to No 10.
Election analyst Lord Hayward said: “For those who want to return a pro-Brexit MP, they will need to support the Conservative candidate.”
The Tory peer’s eve-of-poll reckoning shows that between ten and 15 thousand — a tiny fraction of the UK’s 47million electorate — hold the country’s fate in their hands.
Mr Johnson winning a majority in the early hours of Friday morning will see a Commons vote before Christmas Day and ensure the UK leaves the EU at the end of January.
But a hung Parliament would likely lead to Jeremy Corbyn in Downing Street, propped up by the SNP and the Lib Dems — leading to another EU vote and a new independence referendum in Scotland.
And Mr Farage’s decision to field candidates in all seats not held by Conservatives could see tight results.
The Brexit Party itself looks unlikely to win anywhere, having fallen to around three per cent in the polls. But Eurosceptics still voting for them could let in Labour MPs.
‘LEAVE OR LABOUR’
Lord Hayward said the crunch seats will be Labour marginals where people voted Leave. These include Crewe and Nantwich, where Labour hold a wafer-thin 48-vote majority.
A battle for last-minute votes will also be waged in Ashfield, Notts, where Labour are holding on to a 441 majority.
Lord Hayward said: “If you are undecided between the Tories and the Brexit Party in the constituencies I’ve identified and others, there is no question you should vote Conservative.
“There will be a number of seats in this group that are decided by only a few hundred or possibly a thousand votes. Any decision that people make has to be made in the full knowledge that this is a series of very close contests.
“It will depend on how the result ends up, but if it is close to a hung Parliament or not, then probably about 10-15,000 will decide that.
“In the case of West and South Yorkshire, the ‘red wall’ is full of seats that will be crucial.
“In this election, you can’t draw a straight line and say, ‘If that’s a majority, these seats will change’. It will come down to small groups of voters in a small group of seats.”
BREXIT PARTY MEPS FOR BORIS
Earlier this week four Brexit Party MEPs urged voters to “Back Boris” on Thursday. John Longworth, who was sacked by the party on Wednesday, said: “For those who want Brexit, Boris Johnson’s deal is the only option available. Labour does not have a plan.”
Results across the country could also see some big names booted out.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is the highest-profile politician at risk, despite his 23,000 majority.
He is being targeted by the Lib Dems hoping to draw in Labour Remain supporters.
Even party leaders Boris Johnson and Jo Swinson could be in trouble as rivals flood their constituencies with activists.
The bookies say BoJo has a 22 per cent chance of losing his Uxbridge and South Ruislip seat. Lib Dem chief Swinson has a 31 per cent chance of missing out in East Dunbartonshire.
Environment Minister Zac Goldsmith has only a 45-vote majority while Iain Duncan Smith is threatened by Labour in Chingford and Woodford Green.
Labour figures at risk include Shadow Minister Laura Pidcock in North West Durham and veteran Dennis Skinner, who has held his Bolsover seat since 1970.
A bellwether seat for TV viewers to watch out for will be Dartford in Kent. Since 1964, whatever party has won it has formed the Government.