Conservative Party of British PM Boris Johnson holds 16-point poll lead ahead of election decision

Boris Johnson speaks to pupils as he visits Middleton Primary School in Milton Keynes, England on Oct 25, 2019.
Boris Johnson speaks to pupils as he visits Middleton Primary School in Milton Keynes, England on Oct 25, 2019.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party holds a 16-point lead over the opposition Labour Party ahead of a parliamentary vote on Monday on whether to hold a snap general election, according to an Opinium poll.

According to the survey, support for the Conservative Party rose three points since a previous poll eight days ago to stand at 40 per cent, while Labour was unchanged on 24 per cent.

The pro-European Union Liberal Democrat Party slipped one point to 15 per cent, while Nigel Farage's Brexit Party, which could challenge the Conservatives for the support of Brexit backers, was on 10 per cent.

Johnson, elected by party members in July to break the deadlock over Brexit, has proposed holding an election on Dec 12 after he failed to get a divorce deal through parliament in time for the country to leave the European Union on Oct 31.

Lawmakers will vote on Monday on whether to hold the snap election but most opposition parties have indicated they will either abstain or vote against the move, meaning Johnson is unlikely to secure the support of two-thirds of lawmakers that he needs.

Britain is not due to hold a national election until 2022.

The poll was conducted between October 23 and 25.