Published On: Sat, Sep 7th, 2019

Brexit news: Polling guru names one condition for Leave Alliance to win big majority | UK | News

Nigel Farage has previously claimed a partnership between the Brexit Party and the Conservatives would win a General Election by a “very big majority”. Political scientist John Curtice agreed with Mr Farage’s claim, but outlined one condition over which Leave campaigners have “no control”. Speaking on the claim at a UK in a Changing Europe event on the initiative’s latest report ‘No deal Brexit: issues, impacts, implications’, the Politics Professor at Strathclyde University told “Oh yeah, sure.

“I mean, if by whatever means, either through means of an alliance or through Boris Johnson being able to squeeze the Brexit Party vote and therefore as a result most Leave voters are voting Conservative, that should be able to deliver a Conservative majority.

“So long as, and this is the one thing over which Leave campaigners have no control, the Remain vote remains divided between Labour and the Liberal Democrats.

“The opportunity for a General Election might be advantageous to the Leave side and particularly the no deal Brexit side does rest on that division within the Remain vote.

“No guarantee it will remain, though it has to be said it hasn’t moved at all since the European Parliament election.

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“And whether or not the Liberal Democrats could suddenly pull further ahead or whether Jeremy Corbyn, as in 2017, could again pull further ahead none of us can know and maybe it won’t happen.”

Mr Farage has previously said he would put “country before party” and team up with Prime Minister Boris Johnson if the Tories committed to delivering a no deal Brexit.

Mr Farage responded to a question about the Prime Minister backing a no deal Brexit – in which the Brexit Party leader said he would support the move.

He hinted he would be willing to stand down candidates in certain seats, to ensure an alliance between the Brexit Party and Conservatives in that circumstance.

Asked whether he would do a deal with the Tories, Mr Farage said: “Absolutely, of course, we would do a deal with anybody. Whether it is the Conservative Party, or certain people in the Labour Party who hold the same view, we would work with anybody to get the right result. What we will not do is stand aside and watch Brexit be betrayed for a second time.”

If the Tories backed a no deal as their main policy, Mr Farage added: “Our support and the Conservatives support together would be unstoppable, and Boris Johnson would win a very big majority.”

Meanwhile, Conservative MPs who were expelled this week from the party are now preparing legal action incase Mr Johnson refuses to seek a delay to Brexit, the BBC has reported.

An opposition bill which would force Mr Johnson to ask the European Union for an extension to Britain’s departure to avoid a no deal Brexit on October 31 was approved by the House of Lords, on Friday.

The Queen is expected to sign it into law on Monday. Mr Johnson said last week he has no intention of seeking an extension and would rather “die in a ditch” than delay Brexit. The Daily Telegraph quoted him as saying he was only bound “in theory” by the new legislation.

Additional reporting by Ben Chapman

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