Support for new Brexit Party surges amid voter backlash

Education Secretary Damian Hinds said if the negotiations collapse the Government will come back to Parliament with a series of so-called indicative votes - used to test support from MPs on a range of options.

The Prime Minister has always made clear that a second vote is a red line she is not prepared to cross.

And both of Britain's main parties, which are deeply divided over how to leave the European Union, are set to be punished by frustrated Britons, with the Conservatives losing votes to the new Brexit Party, led by veteran eurosceptic campaigner Nigel Farage.

But talks with Labour, to try to secure what ministers describe as the "stable majority" in parliament to get the Withdrawal Agreement ratified, have yet to find a breakthrough which would offer the government opposition votes.

Sir Keir signalled that Labour expects movement from the Government this week in order to keep the talks on track, telling the paper it "would be wrong in principle to use up much more time simply exploring each other's positions". "I do think we do probably in the coming days need to make that assessment".

The party's deputy leader, Tom Watson, is expected to call for a second vote in a speech on Monday.

The ComRes poll chimes with another recent poll by Opinium, which showed the Brexit Party snapping at the Tories' heels in a Westminster election, where they would be just one point behind.

"There are only two forces that can win this election - that nasty nationalism of the Farage Brexit Party, or the tolerant, compassionate outward-looking patriotism of the Labour Party", he will say.

A British government minister has admitted that the ruling Conservative Party faces an angry backlash from voters at this month's European elections, as an opinion poll showed that Nigel Farage's new Brexit Party got more support than the two traditional parties combined.

In terms of progress, the second most powerful man in the Labour Party said nothing new had been put on the table, and in some cases the talks had gone backwards.

"And so for those that didn't want it and wanted Remain, they'll blame us for having tried to take us out".

He later wrote in Twitter that in a choice between a no-deal exit or staying in the European Union, he would vote to leave without agreement.


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