Brexit Party overtakes Tories in new general election poll

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The Conservative Party have been beaten into fifth place by the Green Party in a devastating poll ahead of this month's European elections.

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage said there has been a breakdown of trust between people and politicians.

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

Labour tops the poll, with 24 per cent support, while the Brexit party - led by former Ukip leader Nigel Farage - is second with 20 per cent.

Jon Ashworth told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show: "We have put forward our alternatives".

May had wanted to lead Britain out of the European Union before the bloc's elections, but Brexit remains on hold amid political deadlock.

Speaking to the BBC Radio 4 Westminster Hour on Sunday night, the Chancellor's parliamentary aide, Huw Merriman, said the Tories will suffer "an absolute mauling" in next week's European Parliament elections.

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It suggests that more than a third of voters will back the Brexit Party on May 23, with a predicted 34 per cent of the vote.

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.

Labour's trade policy chief Barry Gardiner told Sky News one of the "big sticking points" was that there was no guarantee that any successor to May would "actually deliver on it".

Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee, which can make or break party leaders, said that May had been asked to give "clarity" about her future at a meeting this week.

But the prime minister has lost heavily on three attempts to get it through parliament.

"There are only two forces that can win this election - that nasty nationalism of the Farage Brexit Party, or the tolerant, compassionate outward-looking patriotism of the Labour Party", he will say.

Approximately 56% thought Change UK would disappear over the next decade, with just one in 10 believing it will "likely remain an important part of British politics".

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