UK: Nigel Farage's Brexit Party leads European Union election poll

UK: Nigel Farage's Brexit Party leads European Union election poll

UK: Nigel Farage's Brexit Party leads European Union election poll

Downing Street said May had made clear her views about a second public vote: "She has said on many occasions that she is focused on delivering the result of the first referendum".

Perhaps even more troubling, polling for general election voting intentions shows the many people appear to plan on backing Mr Farage at in national as well as European elections - with the Brexit Party now outpointing the Conservatives in a ComRes poll. The Conservatives, on 22%, trail Labour in that survey by six percentage points and lead the Brexit party by just one point. Senior Conservatives want May to set out her plans this week.

The better known Liberal Democrats, who are also campaigning on an anti-Brexit platform - with the somewhat contentious assistance of European Union politicians like Guy Verhofstadt - are faring somewhat better, but have not garnered even half the public support mustered by Mr Farage, sitting at 15 per cent.

"The reason I am back today doing what I am doing is because frankly we've been betrayed by our career political class", Farage told TalkRadio.

His comments appeared to directly contradict claims made by his colleague Barry Gardiner, the shadow worldwide trade secretary, who last month claimed Labour was "not a Remain party" and was "committed" to Brexit.

Prime Minister Theresa May does not need to spell out a timetable for her departure, prisons minister Robert Buckland said on Sunday, adding the leader had already announced she would leave office after the first phase of Brexit.

With the March 29 deadline for Brexit rapidly becoming a distant memory, Britain is increasingly divided between those who want the country to leave the European Union abruptly with no deal and those who hope to avert Brexit - options neither big party back.

"We are at real risk of sleepwalking into remaining in the EU", Brexit Secretary Steven Barclay wrote in the Sun newspaper.

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

"And for those that voted to leave, they'll blame us for having not got the country out of the EU".

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