The return of Brexit-supporting Nigel Farage gives a boost to Britain’s right wing

Reform UK party leader Nigel Farage speaks to supporters as he launches his election candidacy on Clacton Pier in Clacton-on-Sea, England on June 4, 2024.

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LONDON — The reemergence of Brexit supporter Nigel Farage has given a boost to Britain’s populist right-wing Reform UK party, and latest polls show the party has moved closer to the ruling Conservative Party ahead of the country’s upcoming general election.

According to the latest YouGov, Reform is now just 2 points behind the Tories vote The election campaign report for Sky News was released on Thursday.

According to the online survey, Labour is expected to get 40% of the votes, while the Conservatives will get 19% and Reform will get 17%.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Tory party was already widely expected to lose to the opposition Labour Party in next month’s election, ending its long and tumultuous 14 years in power.

Farage’s surprise return On Monday, the reform leader Fatal blow For the Tory Party, that risks stealing a significant chunk of the right-wing vote.

This last-minute change will leave the Conservatives with even fewer seats in the House of Commons than before and will likely trigger a major reshuffle within the weakened party. Some analysts have suggested it will push the party even further to the right – possibly Farage on top,

At the same time, Farage has not ruled out eventually joining in a “reset and realignment”.[ed]”The Conservative Party said last year, “Never say never.”

Eurosceptic Farage – who led the Leave campaign in the UK’s 2016 EU referendum – has said he is contesting the parliamentary seat in Clacton-on-Sea, a coastal town in the east of England where overwhelming support for Brexit was recorded. An earlier YouGov poll showed the Conservatives winning that seat.

This is the eighth time for the politician turned media personality to become a member of Parliament, having never been successful before.

A separate Ipsos poll released on Thursday showed Reform was projected to win just 9% of the vote, while Labour would get 43% and the Conservatives 23%. The survey included votes up to Tuesday, a day after news of Farage’s withdrawal broke.

More than half of voters in the survey (53%) said they have definitely decided how they will vote on July 4, while others said they could still change their mind.

Farage has some ties to the Tories. In the 2019 election, his then-Brexit Party agreed not to field candidates in hundreds of seats to ensure a Conservative victory. He has since accused the party of failing the political right, saying on Monday that now was the time for a “revolt”.

“What I am actually calling for – or what I intend to lead – is a political uprising,” he said at a so-called emergency press conference in London.

The announcement marks a setback to Sunak’s previous attempts to win right-wing votes by toughening the Tories’ stance on immigration and Britain’s membership of the European Convention on Human Rights. Recent announcements on reintroducing compulsory national service, a tax guarantee for pensioners and new gender definitions were also seen as attempts to woo reform-minded voters.

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