Election next week may be Britain's most unpredictable

Although Prime Minister Boris Johnson (left) is regarded as much more credible than Jeremy Corbyn, the far-left leader of Labour, neither is particularly popular.
Although Prime Minister Boris Johnson (left) is regarded as much more credible than Jeremy Corbyn, the far-left leader of Labour, neither is particularly popular.PHOTO: AFP

Voters shifting away from traditional party lines as Brexit debate divides country

With exactly a week left for campaigning before Britain's general election on Dec 12, all surveys indicate that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is on course to scoring a decisive victory. His Conservative party enjoys a 10-percentage-point lead over Labour, Britain's main opposition party.

If translated into parliamentary seats, that lead could give Mr Johnson's government an overall majority of around 65 MPs in the 650-strong House of Commons.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 05, 2019, with the headline 'Election next week may be Britain's most unpredictable'. Print Edition | Subscribe