Foreign Affairs
U.K. election: Conservative Party leads in opinion polls

A week before the election in the United Kingdom, the political parties continued with their electoral campaign. Latest opinion polls show that Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party is leading the polls, however Johnson is currently being criticised for failing to accept being interviewed by a BBC journalist as the other political leaders did.

The Brexit issue continued to prevail as the major political issue in the electoral campaign.

Following a series of interviews with the BBC, the leaders of major parties were scrutinized on their proposals. Prime Minister Johnson, who is campaigning so that Brexit enters into force at the end of January, was the only leader who chose not to face questions by journalist Andrew Neil.

”We have been asking him for weeks now to give us a date, a time, a venue. As of now, none has been forthcoming. No broadcaster can compel a politician to be interviewed. But leaders interviews have been a key part of the BBC’s primetime election coverage for decades. We do them on your behalf to scrutinise and hold to account those who would govern us. That is democracy.”

During his interview, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn stated that a Labour Government will renegotiate the agreement for the UK’s exit from the EU and will call another referendum, however he did not say if he is in favour or against Brexit.

“The Labour government will carry out the decision of that referendum. I will be the honest broker that will make sure that the referendum is fair and make sure that the leave deal is a credible one and the remain option is alongside it.”

Liberal Democrats Liberal leader Jo Swinson stated that even if a majority is not achieved to form a Government the liberal democrats will work with other parties to stop Brexit.

”Liberal Democrats will work to stop Brexit, we will support legislation that puts in place a people’s vote and we will work across parties.”

Opinion polls are indicating that the conservative and labour parties during the past month registered an 8% increase each in support, while the liberal democrats and the pro-Brexit party lost support. According to the polls, the conservative party has the biggest support.

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