Brexit Party BOOST: Why Farage’s party is 'TROUNCING' the Tories and dominating the polls
The UK will take to the polls on Thursday, May 23 to elect Members of European Parliament (MEPs). There are 73 MEPs which represent the UK and, despite the intention to leave the EU, timing on Theresa May’s withdrawal deal has meant the elections will go ahead. One party is far above the rest in opinion polls ahead of the vote and that is Nigel Farage’s pro-leave Brexit Party.
The Brexit Party is a newly formed Eurosceptic party which includes four Welsh Assembly members and 14 MEPs.
The surprise contender was formed by Catherine Blaiklock and ex-UKIP leader Nigel Farage in January this year.
The Brexit Party is standing in the European Elections and is currently forecast to gain the most seats according to opinion polls.
But why are voters turning away from the Conservatives and choosing to back the Brexit Party?
Neil Clothier, Head of Negotiations at Huthwaite International, explained to Express.co.uk why Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party is gaining so much traction.
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Mr Clothier said: “What has emerged in the midst of Brexit chaos is an evidentially clear desire for change and a lack of faith in the UK government and leadership.
“And it’s not just MPs defecting to other, brand new, political parties.
“The latest opinion polls exploring voting intentions for Thursday’s European elections now show Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party as coming out on top, trouncing the Tories with a 14-point lead, whilst they currently hold 34 percent of the vote.”
These figures are according to the latest Opinium poll for the Observer, which surveyed 2,009 UK adults between May 14 and May 16.
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Mr Clothier added: “The Brexit Party, led by Mr Farage, has been very clever from a political negotiations point of view.
“It has been able to provide a strong front by remaining focused on a specific intended outcome, a recommended negotiation tactic, and this is ultimately winning over voters – in polls at the very least.
“To be able to negotiate effectively, and build a flexible plan which can be supported by the majority, a negotiator should understand and be clear about the negotiation objectives, i.e. what you want and the potential outcomes that this deal delivers, if you are to achieve your objectives to secure a workable outcome that is satisfactory to all parties.
“It should take into account the views and potential desirable outcomes of all the parties involved.
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“In the case of Brexit this means gaining the support of other political parties, the British media and other EU leaders, but quite importantly the British electorate – and the Brexit Party is quite wisely focusing on the masses.”
Nigel Farage has said he aimed to seek support from “across the board” including from former UKIP voters and from Conservative and Labour voters who supported Brexit.
He has publicly denounced Theresa May saying: “If we win big we will get rid of this worst prime minister in history.”
Speaking at a Brexit Party rally in Olympia, West London, Mr Farage said: “The way we’re crushing the Labour vote in Wales, the Midlands, the north, we might we get rid of Jeremy Corbyn too! How about that, buy one get one free!”
The frustration with leadership is one element Mr Farage has been able to use to his advantage.
Mr Clothier explained: “Mr Farage’s party knows that the UK is now exhausted by the whole situation, and that people want Brexit to be delivered quickly and effectively, and that by remaining focused they’re able to step in and provide this strong leadership alternative.
“It’s all too easy to lose sight of what you’re trying to achieve, and so an effective negotiator needs to remain focused.
“A combination of tactical political and negotiating moves by the Brexit Party, and a series of negotiating fumbles from Theresa May’s government resulting in a poorly-lead Brexit process, means the UK is still no closer to being able to guess at how its exit from the EU will happen, if at all.
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“But, what’s undoubtedly clear is that Thursday’s European Elections will most likely produce some unprecedented results that the majority will be watching very closely.”
Polls will open at 7am on Thursday, May 23 in the UK – giving Britons the chance to have their say on who should represent them in the EU.
But, almost more importantly, the vote is also being hailed as the electorate’s opportunity to voice their opinions on Brexit – and how the deadlock has been handled.
This week, Theresa May mounted her last ditch attempt to secure a Brexit deal, offering new concessions such as a temporary customs arrangement and the promise of a vote on a second referendum.
But the so-called “new deal” has angered Mrs May’s sceptics, with Jacob Rees Mogg and Boris Johnson lashing out at the proposals – calling them “worse” than before.