Sir Keir Starmer: Cross-party Brexit deal needs to include second referendum

Saul Bowman
Мая 13, 2019

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.

If translated into action at the ballot box, the poll results would see the Brexit Party claim some 49 seats in the House of Commons - and Remainer party chairman Brandon Lewis ousted from his seat, along with other Tory heavyweights including serving members of the Cabinet and even leadership hopeful Boris Johnson, a leading but so far ineffectual Brexiteer.

"There are only two forces that can win this election - that nasty nationalism of the Farage Brexit Party, or the tolerant, compassionate outward-looking patriotism of the Labour Party", he will say.

But talks with Labour to try to secure what ministers describe as the "stable majority" in parliament to get the deal, or Withdrawal Agreement, ratified, have yet to find a breakthrough which would offer the government opposition votes.

Labour lead the way in general election polling, with 28% of support.

The poll spells bad news for the traditional parties of government.

"The Tories' reliance on Leave voters seemed sensible in the aftermath of the referendum".

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For those, like me, who believe the EU is important, it is critical that we fill the European parliament with as many MEPs committed to Labour values as possible, and not let it be occupied by those who wish to divide and spread hatred.

The collapse in support for the Conservative Party is piling pressure on British Prime Minister Theresa May to set a date for her departure.

He said: "If we can save £39bn, come out of the Customs Union, come out of the Single Market, come out of the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice and be a genuinely independent, self-governing democracy that can choose its own future, I'd do a deal with the devil to get that".

Labour has dropped 5% from 21% the previous week.

The Liberal Democrats are in third place on 15%, closely behind Labour on 16%, but the big frontrunners remain the Brexit Party, with 34%. Giving a vote to a minority party at these elections will be a greater gift to Farage than a kick in the face for Labour.

He said: "On the European elections, while the question of which party Brexit voters should back was settled some time ago, the equivalent for Remain voters is still ambiguous".

YouGov surveyed 2,212 adults for its survey.

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