Brexit casting huge shadow over Britain’s Dec. 12 elections

According to an opinion poll that was published on Saturday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party is enjoying its highest levels of support since 2017.

Johnson called for snap snap polls in Britain to end three years of disagreement over Brexit. Uncertainty surrounding Brexit has sapped investors’ faith in the stability of the British economy, the world’s fifth largest, and has damaged its standing since the 2016 referendum.

Johnson, 55, is hoping to win a majority following which he aims to push through his last-minute deal that he struck with the EU last month. During the 2016 referendum voters narrowly voted in favor of leaving the EU.

Polls published on Saturday show, Johnson’s Conservatives lead Labour by 10-17 percentage points.

A YouGov poll showed support for the Conservatives stood at 45%, the highest level since 2017, compared with Labour on 28%, unchanged. The pro-European Union Liberal Democrats were on 15%, and the Brexit Party was on 4% unchanged.

According to a separate poll for SavantaComRes, support for Johnson’s Conservatives was the highest since 2017 with his party on 41% with Labour on 33%.

As per an opinion poll published by Opinium Research, the Conservative Party has a 16-point lead over Labour.

On Sunday, as per a poll by the Mail, Johnson’s party has a 15-point lead over Labour.

The December 12 election in Britain will be one of the hardest to forecast in years. Brexit has scrambled voters’ traditional loyalties and is giving smaller rivals a chance to challenge the two biggest parties, Johnson’s Conservatives and the left-of-center Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn.

Although opinion polls show the Conservatives are well ahead of Labour, analysts caution the overshadowing issue of Brexit, which has divided both major parties and their voters, could confound conventional calculations.

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