A poll has revealed that 62 per cent of Conservative Party members have said they would vote for Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party in European Parliament elections while another poll revealed that four in ten Tory councillors will do the same in protest of Prime Minister Theresa May’s failure to deliver Brexit.
The survey published on Sunday by ConservativeHome found that while nearly two-thirds of Tory voters said they would vote for the Brexit Party, only 23 per cent said they would vote Conservative, whilst just four per cent said they would vote for Change UK (CUK) — the openly pro-Remain party.
Meanwhile, a poll of local councillors by Survation, commissioned by the Mail on Sunday, also found that four in ten will vote for the Brexit Party instead of their own. Furthermore, three-quarters want Mrs May to resign while 96 per cent believe the prime minister’s failure on Brexit has damaged the party.
The news should come as another blow to the party, after Conservative Party councillors in Derbyshire announced on Friday that they would not be campaigning for their regional European Parliament candidate in protest.
The grassroots revolt gained steam last week with Constituency Association chairmen pushed for 65 of their colleagues to sign a petition to force a confidence vote in Theresa May. The Telegraph reported Sunday that the local Tories had actually gained 70 association chairmen signatures, and that movement towards a confidence vote is now just weeks away.
While the prime minister is protected from a confidence vote triggered by her MPs until December 2019 — having survived one vote before Christmas — hitherto unused procedures would be used to hold an indicative vote on May’s performance and whilst not binding, could send a message to the Tory Party leader.
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— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) April 16, 2019
A high-profile defection from the Tories to the Brexit Party came last week when Annunziata Rees-Mogg — the sister of Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg — was announced as one of Farage’s MEP candidates.
Tory councillors responded to the Mail on Sunday with comments articulating their belief that their party was in demise, with one saying, “The Conservative Party is dead. It will take a strong leader to dredge it out of the mud.”
“It will be difficult to resolve all the problems that exist and I think it could be the end of the Conservative Party in its current format,” said one.
With the UK’s exit from the EU delayed twice from March 29th to October 31st, another stated, “Breaking the manifesto pledge has damaged the party beyond repair.”
Breitbart London reported Saturday that disaffected voters are moving away from the establishment-mainstream parties that have dominated the political scene with a pollster claiming, “The two big parties have never been in such jeopardy.”
Last week, a shock poll revealed that Mr Farage’s Brexit party had leapt to first place ahead of May 23rd’s European Parliament elections at 27 per cent — followed by Labour at 22 per cent with the Tory Party trailing behind at just 15 per cent.
Pollsters predict that it will not just be pro-Brexit parties that will pick up votes from the establishment but new Remain-backing parties as well; however, latest YouGov polling revealed the Brexit Party has 23 per cent of the vote while the Europhile Change UK Party has just eight per cent.
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— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) April 21, 2019