Im­pact of UK polls to be felt for decades: John­son

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Lon­don, UK - Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Boris John­son said on Sun­day that the im­pact of Thurs­day’s gen­eral elec­tion would be ‘felt for decades’ as cam­paign­ing en­tered the fi­nal stages.

The Prime Min­is­ter is hop­ing to re­gain the ma­jor­ity that his Con­ser­va­tive Party lost in 2019, with a slew of polls re­leased on Satur­day sug­gest­ing he was nar­rowly on course to achieve his goal. The stakes could barely be higher, with the fate of Brexit still to be set­tled.

“We’re fight­ing for ev­ery vote and... this is a crit­i­cal mo­ment for this coun­try, the choice on Thurs­day is un­be­liev­ably stark,” he told Sky News.

He com­pared the elec­tion to other ‘his­toric elec­tions’ such as 1906, 1945 and 1979.

‘The im­pact of this elec­tion will be felt for decades to come,’ he wrote in an open let­ter.

A Con­ser­va­tive ma­jor­ity would al­most cer­tainly ce­ment Bri­tain’s de­par­ture from the Euro­pean Union, but any other re­sult could lead to a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum and the 2016 re­sult be­ing over­turned.

The Prime Min­is­ter faced scru­tiny over prom­ises there would be no checks on goods mov­ing be­tween North­ern Ire­land and main­land Bri­tain as part of his Brexit deal with Brus­sels.

‘There’s no ques­tion of there be­ing checks,’ he told Sky, adding ‘why would we put checks on goods go­ing from NI to GB or GB to NI? It doesn't make sense’.

His claims ap­pear to con­tra­dict a leaked gov­ern­ment doc­u­ment re­vealed by Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn this week, which sug­gested that busi­nesses would need to fill in pa­per­work when mov­ing goods across the Ir­ish Sea. Cor­byn is bank­ing on a late surge, as he achieved in 2017, to pre­vent John­son from win­ning a ma­jor­ity.

But polls re­leased on Satur­day showed the Con­ser­va­tives with an av­er­age lead of ten per cent.

Poll­sters be­lieve that John­son needs to be more than six points clear of Labour on Thurs­day to se­cure a ma­jor­ity.

The Prime Min­is­ter an­nounced on Sun­day that he would in­tro­duce an ‘Aus­traliansty­le’ points based im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem if elected, sig­nalling a tight­en­ing of low-skilled im­mi­gra­tion. “I’ve said that what we want to do is bear down on a mi­gra­tion, par­tic­u­larly of un­skilled work­ers who have no job to come to,” he said.


Prime Min­is­ter Boris John­son (cen­tre) with sup­port­ers at the Con­ser­va­tive Cam­paign Head­quar­ters Call Cen­tre, in Lon­don on Sun­day

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