Boris’s Brexit bounce: PM soars ahead of Keir Starmer as Labour faces crisis in new poll

Brexit: Johnson says UK has ‘opportunity to expand horizons’

At the start of the new year, the Conservatives lead Sir Keir Starmer’s Labour by as much as five points. Mr Johnson has seen support for his party rise by six percent since the end of November.

A total of 43 percent of Brits said they would vote for the Conservatives at the next election according to a new Deltapoll survey released today.

1,608 adults were polled on their voting intention between December 26 and December 30.

The increase in support for the Prime Minister and his party came just days after the Government successfully negotiated a free trade agreement with the EU.

On Christmas Eve, at the 11th hour of negotiations, the UK and Brussels announced they had struck a deal for how the two partners would operate once the EU transition period ended on December 31.


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Mr Johnson hailed the agreement as a “good deal for the whole of Europe”.

He said: “We have taken back control of our laws and our destiny.”

His agreement was overwhelmingly backed by MPs in the House of Commons last Wednesday and was voted through by 521 to 73.

Sir Keir whipped his MPs to give their support to the Prime Minister’s agreement despite describing it as “thin” and not what the Government promised.

However, Labour’s support for the deal in the Commons failed to help increase their support among the public.

While the Brexit deal boosted the Tories, Labour’s support was unchanged from November 26-28, with 38 percent of Brits saying they would vote for the party.

The Lib Dems – who voted against the trade deal – witnessed support drop by more than half.

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At the end of November, nine percent of Brits said they intended to vote for the pro-EU party in the next election, but by the end of the year that had dropped to just four percent.

With Brexit now done, the Prime Minister has vowed to turn his attention to “levelling up”.

Writing last week Mr Johnson said: “This Government has a very clear agenda to use this moment to unite and level up and to spread opportunity across the Government.”

He has vowed to increase opportunities in the north of England and improve regional infrastructure.

Mr Johnson’s historic general election win last year was in part due to the support of former Labour voters in so-called “Red Wall” seats in the north.

He hopes his reform agenda will help secure their votes at the next election too.

The Prime Minister has admitted former Labour voters “lent” their support to the Tories to get Brexit done and their support must not be taken for granted now they were in power.

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