Britain's Conservatives in fourth place in European Union election poll, Farage leads

Conservative activists and officials are piling pressure onto Mrs May over her Brexit policy

Conservative activists and officials are piling pressure onto Mrs May over her Brexit policy

A British government minister has admitted that the ruling Conservative Party faces an angry backlash from voters at this month's European elections, as an opinion poll showed that Nigel Farage's new Brexit Party got more support than the two traditional parties combined.

A senior British minister is warning that the upcoming European Parliament elections will be seen by some as "the ultimate protest vote opportunity", as polls suggest that populists could unseat Britain's mainstream parties amid the country's ongoing Brexit chaos. You're in denial, the BBC's in denial, the Tory and Labour parties are in denial.

"It is a grave mistake for any prime minister to fail to recognise when a plan will not work and it is fatal to press on regardless", Williamson wrote in a newspaper op-ed.

"I don't think anyone is in any doubt these are going to be hard elections for us. for some people this is the ultimate protest vote opportunity", education minister Damian Hinds told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show.

But talks with Labour to try to secure what ministers describe as the "stable majority" in parliament to get the deal, or Withdrawal Agreement, ratified, have yet to find a breakthrough which would offer the government opposition votes.

The Brexit Party leader was making his second appearance on the BBC this week and was asked by Marr about his views on a range of topics, from NHS to climate change.

In recent weeks, there have been periodic signs that a deal is possible. Labour wants one that protects workers' rights and the environment, and for a customs union with the EU, and May has indicated the two sides aren't far apart.

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"Even if we can come to a deal, we don't know if the successor to Theresa May will deliver on it, and that's one of the biggest sticking points", Gardiner said.

But the Brexit Party and the Liberal Democrats are reaping the rewards of public frustration and are both on the up, with the former rising five points and the latter four - taking the Lib Dems to fourth place with 11 points.

Labour is trying to "bail out the country" and has consistently pledged to honour the result of the 2016 referendum, he said. The only solution was for Parliament to reach a decision that is then put to another referendum, he said.

"At the end of this election there is going to be a totting up, there's going to be a ledger", he told Sky's Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme. "The people who want Brexit will say it's a betrayal and the people who want to remain will say it's completely pointless".

Brexit Express is a campaign group run by Jeremy Hosking, a major Tory donor who has now given £200,000 to Mr Farage's party.

In a heated interview with Andrew Marr, the new Brexit Party leader, was also asked about his past comments on climate change, gun control, and immigration.

And both of Britain's main parties, which are deeply divided over how to leave the European Union, are set to be punished by frustrated Britons, with the Conservatives losing votes to the new Brexit Party, led by veteran eurosceptic campaigner Nigel Farage.

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