UKIP hits new high in poll ahead of Europe vote

  
Nick Clegg (left) and Nigel Farage [Liberal Democrats; European Parliament / Flickr]
Nick Clegg (left) and Nigel Farage [Liberal Democrats; European Parliament / Flickr]

Voter support for Britain's anti-European Union UK Independence Party (UKIP) is at a record high according to one opinion poll on Sunday (13 , reflecting growing approval of the party ahead of European elections next month.

The rising popularity of UKIP, which calls for an immediate withdrawal from the EU and tighter immigration laws, threatens to split the vote for Prime Minister David Cameron at European parliament elections in May and a national election in 2015.

UKIP's profile has been raised by the upcoming European elections on May 22, when polls suggest it could beat Cameron's party into third place.

A ComRes poll of voting intentions for next year's national election put UKIP on 20 percent - up four percentage points at their highest in the four-year history of the poll. Cameron's Conservatives fell three points to 29 percent.

The main opposition Labour party were steady at 35 percent, while the Liberal Democrats, junior partners in the coalition government, sank 2 percentage points to a new low of 7 percent.

A second poll by Opinium on Sunday showed UKIP three percentage points higher, at 18 percent, while another survey released last week gave the party 15 percent - matching its highest ever rating in polls conducted by Ipsos Mori.

On Thursday,  Cameron described UKIP's views on the European Union as "extremist" at the launch of his European election campaign.

The boost in support for UKIP comes at the end of a week of negative publicity for Cameron, whose authority was dented by the drawn-out resignation of government minister Maria Miller, whom Cameron had doggedly defended, over contested expenses claims.

UKIP, which does not have any elected members in the British parliament, sought to capitalise on the incident, touting their anti-establishment credentials to try to win support away from the Conservatives.

In recent weeks UKIP leader Nigel Farage was judged to have won two high-profile televised debates on Britain's EU policy against Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, a pro-European Liberal Democrat.

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GeorgeMc's picture

Why should anyone be surprised by this poll? UKIP started essentially as a protest party against sovereignty being given away to the EU, without the approval of the British people.

Successive governments have abdicated their constitutional responsibilities in favour of what they believed were (perceived) economic benefits. No attempt was made after 1975 to educate or consult the British people about what we understood to be a trading club, when in fact we were heading for full scale Federalism.

I would like to find someone who could articulate or quantify how much has been taken from Westminster and handed to Brussels in that time. There might be the odd academic who could do this, but none of our politicians will have a clue (even Nigel Farage).

To take away from a sovereign nation, so much power, without the democratic agreement of the people, should come as a surprise to no one when the electorate across right and left say enough is enough.

Mike Parr's picture

Mr Mc - you make this assertion:
"Successive governments have abdicated their constitutional responsibilities"
but then you say:
"I would like to find someone who could articulate or quantify how much has been taken from Westminster"
whilst making the assertion - you also admit you have know idea to what degree it is true - only that you think it is. Define "sovereign nation" - the Uk does not even have control over its own nuclear arsenal (the Americans do), the UK still has US bases on its soil (just remind me when WW2 finished) - "sovereign nation" - don't make me laugh.

GeorgeMc's picture

My post is fairly straight forward. We have clearly lost sovereignty (even you must realise that). My assertion is that we have lost more than we realise.

Read the following link and educate yourself (assuming you computer is not programmed to block 'right wing' web sites).

GeorgeMc's picture

(I will try again to post my link)
My post is fairly straight forward. We have clearly lost sovereignty (even you must realise that). My assertion is that we have lost more than we realise.
Read the following link and educate yourself (assuming your computer is not programmed to block 'right wing' web sites).
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/eureferendum/10766412/EU-Bill...

Charles_m's picture

Parr - regarding the US bases, you seem to have forgotten the little matter of USSR intentions between 1945 and 1990. First invited here post war by the Attlee government even. To suggest this negates the idea of a sovereign nation is plain daft. I suppose Germany is not a sovereign nation? Being anti American doesn't shield you from reality.

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