The anti-Brexit party, Change UK, this week will unveil its list of 70 candidates for next month's European elections after receiving over 1,000 nominations from former Labor, Conservative, Liberal and Green Party activists.
The interim party leader, former Conservative MP Heidi Allen, who challenged other leaders yesterday during a televised debate, claimed that the exodus of established parties showed that Change UK was now the "natural home of" the Alliance Remain "and a second referendum.
The party said that of the 3,700 people who applied under the United Kingdom flag in the May 23 elections, 895 were former union activists, 105 former Liberal Democrats and 92 of old Greens. Dozens of other candidates had been active in the Conservative party, including former MPs. Of the Labor defectors, 32 were either former MPs or candidates for Parliament or Council.
The nascent party, which will hold its launch on Tuesday in Bristol, knows it must act quickly after Nigel Farage's party in Brexit has launched a poll on the Labor Party and the Conservatives a few days after its launch.
According to the YouGov survey, the Brexit party was at 23% when people were informed of their intention to vote in the European elections, with a Labor Party of 22% and Conservatives – many of whom said that They would boycott them – at 17%. Change UK, which was registered only last week as a political party, was at 8%, and the former party of Farage, Ukip, at 6%.
Despite his delay, Allen said the new party was growing: "Divides are dividing across the country, people are coming together to say to Labor and Conservative leaders that they have enough." – enough to focus facilitation of a damaging Brexit. There is a real appetite to support Change UK and send a clear message; give us a popular vote with a chance to stay and get out of the mess of Brexit. "
Change UK has been criticized in recent days for refusing to unite with other pro-EU parties to prevent the split of Remain's vote and harm the chances of anti-Brexit parties to win seats in the proportional representation list system used for the European elections. The Liberal Democrats, the Greens, the British Change, the Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru all support the maintenance of the UK within the EU and wish to make the Brexit decision known to the people during the year. another referendum.
Former Labor MP Chris Leslie, who left the UK Change in February, along with seven colleagues and three conservative MPs, said the party was "happy to fight to defend the people's vote" but was ready to change the British mold. politics, which the Liberal Democrats failed to do. "If the Liberal Democrats were the answer to the broken policy of Britain, we already knew it. Of course, existing parties will not like new choices to be made, but politics is changing and realigning. We need a fresh start and Change UK is the answer to that. "
A spokesman for the Liberal Democratic Party said the party was open to British change to join forces, but that it had been postponed.
"Knowing that some anti-Brexit voters wanted a common front against the various Brexit forces – from unions to unions, to Ukip and Farage – we were open to discussing possible party arrangements. After conversations with people from Change UK and other people, it became clear that there was no interest, "said the spokesman.
Liberal Democrats are expected to launch their European election campaign by the end of this week. After agreeing to extend UK membership to October 31, leaders of the other 27 member states said the UK should hold European elections unless there is an agreement on Brexit passed by parliament on 22 October. may. In the last European elections of 2014, Ukip won 24 seats, against 20 for Labor and 19 for conservatives.