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Brexit and coronavirus crises see Labour jolt ahead of Tories in new polling

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer - Credit: Aaron Chown

Brexit and the coronavirus crisis has seen Labour jolt past the Tories in the latest YouGov voter intention poll.

Keir Starmer’s party now sits four percentage points ahead of the Tory Party gaining 41% of the vote – a four point jump from the last survey conducted on December 15-16.



Meanwhile, the Tories suffered a two point dip – leaving them on 37% – while the Liberal Democrats and the Greens both lost one per cent.

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Some 51% of Britons also said they favoured prolonging the Brexit transition period –  a seven per cent spike from the last survey taken 11 days ago.

This follows news a growing number of Leave supporters now regret voting for Brexit.

A YouGov poll on December 16 showed that the number of Leave voters who think voting Brexit was “wrong” rose to 10-13% – an all-time high since recording taking began in August 2016 showing regret over the vote at just 2-4%.

In addition, the polling found 51% of Britons now think it was the wrong voting to leave, compared to 40% who think it was the right thing to do.

YouGov believes the shift in attitude comes from a greater number of younger voters – who are more likely to be pro-Remain – coming of age.