Polls show Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party could wipe out the Tories in the next general election
The ComRes survey has also shown strong backing for no deal, with 63 per cent saying that the UK should just leave with no agreement if Parliament rejects Theresa May’s deal again. And the poll has set alarm bells ringing in the Conservative Party after providing evidence that a surge in support for the Brexit Party could wipe them out at the next general election and not just this week’s European Parliament election. It comes as Theresa May plans to give Parliament one last “big bold offer” this week after her talks with Labour and Jeremy Corbyn collapsed on Friday. She is due to take her plan to Cabinet on Tuesday which will include elements on workers rights and other issues discussed with Labour before the talks collapsed, as well as attempts to win the backing of the Northern Irish Democratic Unionists and Tory Brexiteers.
A government source said: “Labour have been clear that they have not ruled out supporting it if the overall package is acceptable. We intend to make a bold offer that will allow Parliament to back the Bill, get the deal over the line – and deliver Brexit.”
But with defeat expected for the Withdrawal Bill in a vote in the first week of June, Mrs May is now facing increasing pressure to step down
The ComRes survey has underlined the weakness of her position with Jeremy Corbyn for the first time Jeremy Corbyn coming out as the best political leader to be Prime Minister with 26 per cent to her 25 per cent.
Meanwhile, 62 per cent of the 2,041 respondents want Mrs May to quit.
Mrs May is facing increasing pressure to step down as PM following her Brexit failure
Mr Farage came top for negotiating a good deal on Brexit with 27 per cent, leading the UK out of the Brexit crisis on 28 per cent and restoring Britain’s self confidence on 26 per cent.
Backing for Mr Farage having a seat at the negotiating table and for no deal both stood at 63 per cent.
Writing for the Sunday Express today, Nigel Farage, who has given up beer to keep in shape for the election campaign, said: “With me on the negotiating team, let me assure everybody, leave will mean leave. There is nothing the EU bureaucrats dread more than having an army of Brexit Party MEPs standing up for Britain.”
Mr Farage was in Edinburgh for a rally yesterday, and in a sign of the controversy he attracts McDonalds was asked to stop selling milkshakes and ice cream in the area.
This was because of police concerns that activists would use the products to pelt the Brexit Party leader.
63 percent of people said Mr Farage should have a seat at the negotiating table
Damagingly for the Conservatives, the poll shows that 31 per cent will back the Brexit Party on Thursday for the European Parliament and nine out of ten of those voters will consider sticking with Nigel Farage’s party at the general election.
According to the widely used Electoral Calculus website this could leave the Tories with just two seats at the next election for Westminster, mirroring the total collapse of the ruling Progressive Conservative Party in Canada in 1993.
The poll shows that just nine per cent back the Tories for this week’s European election, the same number as for the greens threatening to leave the party in a humiliating fifth place.
It is only competing for seats in just four regions with a threshold of 10 per cent needed to win one seat.
31 percent will back the Brexit Party in the upcoming European elections
Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith said: “If there was any further proof required for the Conservative Party that these European elections are not like the European elections of the past, that they pose the single biggest threat to the existing major parties this is it.”
He said that the finding that 89 per cent of Brexit Party supporters would stick with the party in a general election was only half true it would be “devastating” for the Conservatives.
He added: “For the Conservatives the only way to change that is to become the Brexit Party, to commit to leaving with a deal or no deal by 31st October or earlier if that can be managed.
“There must be no more extensions.”
He said Mrs May has “sadly come to embody the failure to leave on 29 March” and needs to be replaced.
The PM has been given a deadline of 12 June to stand down as Tory leader
Jacob Rees-Mogg, chairman of the Brexiteer European Research Group of Tory MPs, said: “The failure to replace Mrs May in December has created deep damage to the Conservative Party.
“Only a new and inspired leader will have a chance of reversing this and there is no time to lose.”
It is understood that a deadline has been set for 12 June to demand Mrs May announces she is leaving or the 1922 Committee will change the rules to allow Tory MPs to hold a vote of no confidence in her.
A Conservative Progress conference on 22 June is already being billed as “the first leadership hustings” with contenders Jeremy Hunt, Andrea Leadsom, James Cleverly, Sajid Javid and Esther McVey among the speakers.
Dominic Raab called on his party to “unite and deliver a proper Brexit”
One leading contender, former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab was in Peterborough campaigning for the by-election calling on the party to “unite to deliver a proper Brexit.”
However, the danger of Mr Corbyn being allowed in through the back door because of the Brexit Party splitting the vote was highlighted in new calculations on the cost of his plans to renationalise the energy market and national grid.
According to research, the proposal which has only happened in bankrupt Venezuela, would cost £45 billion, adding £2,500 in debt for every household in Britain.
In a further development, the BBC has defended today’s Marr show only featuring five Remainer politicians – Jeremy Corbyn, Nicola Sturgeon, cabinet minister Rory Stewart, Vince Cable and Chuka Umunna – in what critics described as another sign of “ Remain bias” from the Corporation just days before the European election.
A BBC spokesman said: “Labour and Conservatives are both – as in 2017 – committed to delivering Brexit in some form. The Brexit Party were on the programme last week. UKIP have appeared previously in the period. Two out of three paper reviewers this week are advocates of Brexit.”