Un­prece­dented in­ter­ven­tions

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John­son called the snap elec­tion - the third in Bri­tain in nearly five years - last month to try to get a par­lia­men­tary ma­jor­ity which would en­able him to se­cure back­ing for his di­vorce deal.

Voting takes place next Thurs­day. The Bri­tain Elects poll ag­gre­ga­tor puts the Con­ser­va­tives on 42 per cent, Labour on 33 per cent and the Lib­eral Democrats on 13 per cent.

The Greens and the arch-euroscep­tic Brexit Party were both on three per cent.

Ahead of Fri­day evening’s de­bate for­mer prime min­is­ters

Tony Blair and John Ma­jor launched un­prece­dented in­ter­ven­tions, call­ing for peo­ple to vote tac­ti­cally to help en­sure a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum on Brexit.

Ma­jor, a Con­ser­va­tive who was in power from 1990 to 1997, and Labour’s Blair, who ousted him and was in Down­ing Street un­til 2007, ad­dressed a rally for another poll in Lon­don

Both want Bri­tain to re­main in the EU.

Ma­jor gave his back­ing to sev­eral can­di­dates thrown out of the Con­ser­va­tive ranks for re­belling over Brexit. “Let me make one thing crystal clear, none of them left the Con­ser­va­tive Party, the Con­ser­va­tive Party left them,” he said via video-link.

“Were I res­i­dent in their con­stituency I would vote for them.”

Asked about the com­ments, John­son in­sisted his party re­tained ‘a very broad spec­trum of views’ and noted that all Tory can­di­dates had taken a vow to back his deal.

But in a blow to John­son, a se­nior Bri­tish diplomat in the US quit on Fri­day, crit­i­cis­ing the gov­ern­ment over Brexit.

Alexan­dra Hall Hall said she could no longer ‘ped­dle halftruths’ on be­half of po­lit­i­cal lead­ers she did not ‘trust’, ac­cord­ing to CNN, which ob­tained a copy of her res­ig­na­tion let­ter.

Ear­lier on Fri­day, John­son came un­der fire for avoid­ing a set-piece television in­ter­view that all other ma­jor party lead­ers have al­ready sub­jected them­selves to.

The Prime Min­is­ter has so far de­clined to un­dergo an un­com­fort­able grilling from Andrew Neil, who is one of the BBC's top po­lit­i­cal in­ter­view­ers, with less than a week to go un­til the elec­tion.

(AFP)

Bri­tain’s Prime Min­is­ter Boris John­son (cen­tre) and main op­po­si­tion Labour Party leader Jeremy Cor­byn (left) par­tic­i­pate in the BBC Prime Min­is­te­rial lead­ers de­bate pre­sented by BBC’s Nick Robinson (right), at the stu­dio in Maid­stone, Kent, on Fri­day

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