UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — In the midst of the unrest caused by Brexit, campaigning for the European Parliament elections intensified on the streets of the UK and on social networking sites.
British parties, both old and new, are preparing for the so-called “zombie” elections that were not supposed to take place in Britain if the country came out on time for Brexit last month.
These elections could now turn into a referendum on Brexit, three years after the referendum, in which 52 percent of Britons voted for the country’s exit from the European Union.
“I see this election as a soft referendum,” said Isis Kirishima-Cabral, a French citizen who has lived in Britain for 19 years and supports staying in the European Union.
“It is an opportunity for us European citizens who have been hurt by the first referendum, to express our opinion.”
Provost’s supporters have taken the same view, with social worker Richard Harris, 37, joining the new Brexit party created by anti-EU Nigel Varag.
During the launch of the party’s campaign on April 12, Nigel predicted “the biggest blow to the political parties we have had in the country for generations.”
– An interesting race –
The European Parliament elections are being held on May 23 amid Britain’s deep crisis over the stalemate of its exit from the European Union after nearly half a century of membership.
British Prime Minister Theresa May was forced to ask EU leaders for a second postponement of the bricast this month, which could run until October 31 amid continued opposition from British MPs to her exit deal with Brussels.
It had previously said it would be “unacceptable” to ask Britons to participate in the European Parliament elections, but it had no other choice.
The Government continues to hope that these elections will not take place in the event of a solution to the Brexit dilemma with the opposition Labor Party.
However, this is unlikely to happen in the coming weeks, which will allow for European elections.
“We have an interesting race,” wrote Patrick Anglich, a professor at Exeter University. “New parties have emerged stealing a share of votes from old parties that have difficulty retaining the traditional support they get.”
Opinion polls show that the emergence of new parties makes it difficult to predict results.
– “Very bad idea” –
The new anti-brikist “Change of the UK” party, set up by a number of deputies who split from the two main parties in the country, is likely to receive votes from European Union supporters.
Faraj’s Precast party, however, leads the polls and gets support from Brexit supporters, disaffected by conservative Conservatives and the main opposition Labor Party, for their stance on Brexit.
Faraj previously led the British independence party to win the previous European election in 2014, one of the factors that prompted then-British Prime Minister David Cameron to call for a referendum on EU membership.
None of the two main parties with severe internal divisions over Brexit have held any campaign launch activities, and lists of candidates have been quietly published online this week.
Some conservative activists have vowed not to campaign against May’s failure in the Brexit investigation, and some have even turned their allegiance to Faraj.
Ashley Fox, the party’s leader in Brussels, said elections in Britain were “a very bad idea,” and campaigners spoke of being hostile and sometimes violent during their campaigns.
“No sense to vote” –
As a result, most activists are campaigning online.
“I spend 18 hours a day in the campaign, about eight of them on social networking sites,” said Magdalena Williams, a pro-European Union official.
Williams, who describes herself as “strongly supportive of staying in the union” and came to Britain from Hungary in the 1970s, said she ran 11 pro-European groups on Facebook.
And is committed to working for the Liberal Democratic Party in these elections.
“This is a good opportunity to show that we are really a majority,” she said, referring to EU supporters.
However, a number of supporters of the breakout from the angry union intend to boycott the election because of the “betrayal” Brexit.
“It makes no sense to vote,” said Charlie Smith, 35, a construction worker from London. “We voted in favor of Brexit, and they did not achieve it,” he said, carrying his mobile phone and showing the outcome of the 2016 referendum.
“That’s why I will not vote for any of them.”
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