The pro-Remain Liberal Democrats would win a U.K. general election if it were held now, according to a new YouGov poll for the Times newspaper.
The Lib Dems would win 24 percent of the vote, closely followed by Nigel Farage’s new Brexit Party on 22 percent, relegating the ruling Conservative Party and opposition Labour Party into tied third place with 19 percent of the vote each.
It is the first time since polling began that neither Labour nor the Conservatives have appeared in the top two in a Westminster voting intention poll. The Tories and Labour were tied on 19 per cent, with the Greens on 8 per cent.
POLITICO reports that “For the time being at least, voters seem to be looking for the parties that represent their views on Brexit, rather than their usual party loyalties, to the benefit of those parties that have clear pro- and anti-EU positions, rather than the compromises that the main two parties have contorted themselves into,” said Anthony Wells, director of political research at YouGov.
The pro-Remain party topped the survey with 24 per cent, the first time it has been in the lead since 2010 under Sir Nick Clegg’s leadership.