Politics update: EU elections poll puts Farage ahead of Tories and Labour, Starmer says no Brexit deal will pass without new referendum


Poll puts support for Brexit party ahead or Tories and Labour


A poll conducted by the Observer magazine has put support for Nigel Farage’s Brexit party higher than the Conservatives and Labour party put together in the European Elections.

The poll puts the Brexit party on 34%, when respondents were asked who they would vote for in elections on 23 May. 21% of respondents said they would vote Labour, and the Conservatives saw just 11% support. The Lib Dems saw 12% of support.

Barry Gardiner, the shadow international trade secretary, told Sky News that the surge in support for Farage was from voters “angry that the referendum result has not been delivered on by a incompetent government”.

Farage told reporters this weekend that winning the most votes would put “a no-deal Brexit back on the table.”

“Parliament has taken it off the table. Our voters say, put it back on the table, and if we win, we will demand representation with the government at the next stage of negotiations,” he added.

Starmer: Brexit deal unlikely to pass without confirmatory referendum

Keir Starmer

Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, has said that any cross-party Brexit deal reached is unlikely to pass in a Commons vote without a confirmatory referendum.

Starmer warned that up to 150 Labour MPs could vote against a deal reached in the ongoing Brexit negotiations between the two parties, unless it was first put to a public vote.

The shadow Brexit secretary also expressed his concerns that the Labour party could lose the support of many of its remain supporting voters, after the bleak results of the recent local elections which saw the party lose 82 seats.

In an interview with the Guardian this weekend, Starmer said: “If the vote that is progressive is split then all that does is open up the path for the Brexit party and allow it to pretend it represents the majority view in this country,”

“On the critical issues, like a close economic relationship with the EU, and a confirmatory vote, only Labour can deliver on those.”

Thousands march for Welsh Independence in Cardiff


Cardiff saw thousands take to the streets on Saturday, in the first ever public demonstration calling for Welsh independence.

The Welsh independence march was organised by All Under One Banner (AUOB) Cymru, an independence pressure group. Ahead of the march, representatives from the group said they hoped the event would “get more people talking about independence”.

Though Welsh devolution first occured at the end of the 20th century, giving more power to Wales over the running of the its own country, key areas, such as many tax varying powers, are still kept firmly within Westminster.

A recent poll for ITV Wales showed that 12% of people support self-government, as well as an increasing amount of people wanting more powers to be given to the Welsh assembly.

Adam Price, leader of Plaid Cymru, Wales’ largest party publicly advocating independence, said in a tweet ahead of the march that the country’s “brightest possible future is as an independent nation at the heart of Europe.”



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