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6 in 10 Brexit voters would support an anti-mass migration party against the Tories

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More than half of those who voted for Brexit and a third of all voters would support shifting their allegiance to a new political force that would make reducing migration a top priority, according to a new poll.

According to a representative survey of 1,208 Britons conducted by PeoplePolling for GB News, 57% of those who voted to leave the European Union in 2016 would support an alternative to the Tories (Conservatives) so that migration is finally curtailed.

Looking at the electorate as a whole, the poll found that regardless of support for Brexit, some 33% would support a new anti-mass migration party.

Commenting on the findings, Matthew Goodwin from the University of Kent said: ‘These figures underscore the very high levels of public concern about the historically unprecedented level of immigration into the country. Crucially, for Rishi Sunak, the vast majority of his voters seem totally convinced the numbers are too high, pointing to another problem in a long line of problems for the incumbent prime minister.

On many’s desire for a new party, he said: ‘With rumors of an imminent return of Nigel Farage and the Reform Party increasing the volume of immigration, our figures suggest that around a third of the Great Britain is said to be open to a new party which campaigns specifically to reduce the overall level of immigration to Britain, reaching nearly 60% of out-migrants from the country. There is, in short, more potential space for a reform-type party than their current 5% in the polls would indicate.”

Reform UK, formerly the Brexit Party, is currently led by Richard Tice, with semi-retired founder Nigel Farage in a largely ceremonial role as honorary chairman.

It remains to be seen whether Nigel Farage will make a return to frontline politics and step down as primetime presenter for the GB News network, but other polls have seen reform approaching 10% share. potential vote in a general election. , with two polls in the past month placing support for the populist party at 9%.

Currently, the Reform Party is the only political party to make migration a central issue. In a policy document, the party said “responsible government has a duty to protect our borders.”

While the party would always welcome a highly skilled workforce, such as doctors, engineers, software developers and scientists, it said it would do so in a “tightly controlled” manner to meet only the needs of the country.

“We want these valuable people to come to work legally in the UK and play by the rules, respecting our values. This must not be an excuse, however, for cheaper labor which is undercutting wages in the UK, nor an excuse not to educate our own wonderful young people,” the party said.

In terms of illegal immigration – 44,000 irregular migrants have reached Britain by boat this year – reformists have said they will declare the practice a threat to national security, quit the European Convention on Human Rights ( ECHR) and the jurisdiction of the associated European Court of Justice. human rights and open offshore asylum processing centers based on Australian models.

The party said it would also seek to “create a new immigration department made up of people who believe in the job at hand, to protect our borders”, adding that the Home Office, which is currently in charge of manage the protection of the country’s borders. , is “just not fit for purpose”.

Meanwhile, the ruling Tory (Conservative) Party, which has overseen record immigration – both legal and illegal – has slumped in the polls over the past year. After winning a historic victory in 2019, the party can now boast just 21% support among the public, according to the PeoplesPolling survey. This is compared to 46% for the left-wing Labor party.

This is likely due in part to the Conservatives failing to deliver on their promises to cut immigration in the past four elections, with pollsters finding 54% of voters think immigration is “too high,” versus only 4% who feel “too weak”.

Among Brexit voters specifically, 81% said they felt immigration was too high.

Matthew Goodwin said: “Rishi Sunak and the Conservative Party have stagnated in the polls and now appear to be slipping back. While the Sunak team has now launched a more concerted effort to right the ship, our numbers suggest they still have a very long way to go. If these numbers were replicated in a general election, they would almost certainly lead to election annihilation.”

Brexit leader Nigel Farage, for his part, said poll results: “The country is once again moving away from the two main parties.

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