Election next week may be Britain's most unpredictable

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

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

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'. Subscribe