Blow for Theresa May as Nigel Farage's Brexit Party soars ahead of Tories in EU elections poll

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28th April 2019

Support for Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party has shot up the polls to put them neck-and-neck with Labour ahead of May’s European elections.

Nigel Farage's party are level with Labour in voting intention for next month's European elections
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In the latest devastating blow for Theresa May, the former Ukip chief’s outfit is set to rake in 28% of the vote next month, the same figure as Jeremy Corbyn’s party, and double that of the Tories, on 14%.

The latest Opinium poll shows that support for the Conservatives has fallen by 3%, while the Brexit Party’s has gone up by 16% since the study was last conducted on the day of its launch two weeks ago.

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Elsewhere support for Labour has dropped by one point, while support for Mr Farage’s old party, Ukip, has plummeted by 10%, meaning they are expected to take just 3% of the vote.

The Liberal Democrats backing has also fallen by 3%, however backing for the pro-EU Change UK The Independent Group has grown by 3%, putting them on 7%.

The poll also revealed that more than half the public – 55% – now believe it would have been better to have not held the EU referendum in 2016 given the difficulties of reaching an agreement.

It found that more Conservative voters (49%) think that it was a bad idea, than the right decision (43%).

Meanwhile 72% of Labour voters believe it would have been better never to have staged the vote, while 18% say it was worth holding.

Elsewhere it found that 46% say they would vote to remain, unchanged from earlier this month, while 34% would vote to leave (down 4%), if a second referendum was held.

GENERAL ELECTION

The study also revealed that Mr Farage’s party would make a dent in Tory support if a snap general election was called, with the Eurosceptic team expected to take 17% of the vote.

The Tories would meanwhile slip to seven points behind Labour, on 26% to 33% respectively, with support for both the main parties down by three points since two weeks ago.

Change UK would take 4% of the vote – up four points from last time – while the Lib Dems would win just 6%, down by two points on the last study.