Wednesday, 21 Aug 2019

Brexiteer Kate Hoey explains WHY Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party is surging in the polls

Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party could secure over a third of all votes in the upcoming European elections on May 23 according to the latest poll on voting intentions by YouGov. Speaking on LBC, Kate Hoey, Labour MP and Brexit supporter explained how the Brexit Party leader is gaining support. Host Iain Dale said: “Kate you have got to know Nigel Farage quite well over the last few years. You have appeared on a lot of platforms with him I think. What do you think a new Tory leader should do?”

She said: “It depends who gets it…I think it would be inconceivable for the Conservatives to vote for a leader who is not a genuine believer in leaving the EU.

“Nigel Farage appeals to people who want politics and politicians to be straight and to say what they think and not to shilly-shally and sit on a fence.

“I am afraid there are too many MPs and politicians generally who have sat on the fence on the EU issue.”

She added: “The question of a general election is very important. I do think we will have a general election before 2022, one way or the other.

Whether that is going to be necessarily in the interests of Labour, I am not sure either.”

Earlier this week, Tory MP Crispin Blunt hinted that the Conservative Party may have to do a deal with Mr Farage’s Brexit Party to ensure Britain’s departure from the bloc is delivered.

Nigel Farage appeals to people who want politics and politicians to be straight and to say what they think

Kate Hoey

The latest YouGov survey of voter intentions for the European elections puts the Tories trailing in fifth place behind Mr Farage’s eurosceptic Party, Labour, Liberal Democrats and the Green Party.

The Brexit Party received over a third of all votes, polling at 34 percent, Labour has 16 percent, Lib Dem’s 15 percent, Green Party 11 percent and Conservatives on just 10 percent.

The YouGov survey took place between May 8 and May 9 and quizzed 2,212 adults in the UK on their voting intentions in the European elections.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has urged voters to back Labour in next week’s European election to “challenge the voices in the far right” across Europe.

Writing in the British Asian newspaper Eastern Eye, Mr Corbyn said: “The upcoming EU election has become a target and a battleground for far-right voices. The discontent over the Tories’ handling over Brexit has left our country in crisis, and jobs and industries at risk.

“Individuals and parties that are known to spew hatred and cause division are now using this vacuum of leadership caused by the Government to win support in the EU elections next week. We need real solutions, not scapegoats.”

It comes as the Prime Minister has launched a last-ditch effort to try to get her Brexit withdrawal agreement through the House of Commons, with the plan already having been defeated by MPs on three separate occasions.

Mrs May will bring the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB), which implements the departure terms, to parliament for a vote in the week beginning June 3 just as US President Donald Trump begins a state visit to Britain.

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay has claimed if the Prime Minister’s deal is rejected again, then the “Barnier deal is dead.” He told the Lords EU Committee: “I think if the House of Commons does not approve the WAB, then the Barnier deal is dead, in that form.

“I think the House will have to then address a much more fundamental question between whether it will pursue and communicate on a no deal option. Or whether it will revoke.

“I think what has characterised the discussion on this has been an unwillingness within the House of Commons, to make a final decision between whether it is a deal, no deal, or we revoke. Those are the three options, the Prime Minister has said it many times.”

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