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Damian Hinds: European elections 'ultimate protest vote'

Damian Hinds: European elections 'ultimate protest vote'

Almost three years since the United Kingdom voted 52 per cent to 48 per cent to leave the European Union, there is still no agreement among British politicians about when, how or even if the divorce should take place.

The new findings came as a general election poll found the Brexit Party had overtaken the Tories for the first time.

Mr Farage (pictured earlier this year) brought the Brexit Party bus to Pontefract before a rally in Featherstone this morning.

"The opinion polls people are now looking at in the Tea Room are the opinion polls that say "never mind the European Union elections, whenever the general happens you are toast".

The poll shows the Conservatives would lose 46 seats to the Brexit Party, dethroning Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt, Health Secretary Matt Hancock and party chairman Brandon Lewis.

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.

It would give the Tories their worst result in history - confirming the fears of Conservatives who decry the prime minister's handling of Brexit.

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Theresa May is moving towards holding a series of "definitive votes" on different Brexit options in a bid to break the impasse if compromise talks with Labour break down.

A senior British minister is warning that the upcoming European Parliament elections will be seen by some as "the ultimate protest vote opportunity", as polls suggest that populists could unseat Britain's mainstream parties amid the country's ongoing Brexit chaos.

Adam Drummond, head of political polling at Opinium said it was "remarkable" the new party could be on the cusp of overtaking the party of government.

36% of respondents were not aware of the Conservative stance and 38% were not aware of Labour's.

"What we need to do is to get on with the job", he said, adding that the deal could be passed in the next few months.

A Brexit compromise deal with Labour remains No 10's "Plan A" but should talks collapse then ministers will move onto their "Plan B" of offering MPs votes on.

Nigel Farage will be standing for the Brexit Party in the South East, alongside candidates from Change UK, the Conservatives, Green Party, Labour, Liberal Democrats, UKIP, UK EU Party, Socialist Party of Great Britain and three independents. I'm going to vote Brexit Party.