Lib Dems top elections poll for first time in 9 years after saying ‘b****cks to Brexit’

YouGov's latest poll put the pro-Remain party first on a staggering 24% – the party's highest position since its disasterous coalition government with the Tories from 2010 to 2015.

It comes after the Lib Dems took a fiercely pro-EU stance, adopting the slogan "b****cks to Brexit".

Nigel Farage's newly formed Brexit Party was second place on 22% off the back of its performance in the EU Elections.

And meanwhile Labour and the Tories languished in third with 19% amid the paralysis which has gripped Westminster over Brexit.

Jeremy Corbyn and outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May have failed to deliver Brexit, sending both Leavers and Remainers looking for something new.

If the YouGov poll was followed through in a General Election – Labour would win the most seats due to constituency boundaries, but not a have a majority in the Commons.

Conservatives are now scrambling around to appoint a new leaders, with many predicting a straight fight between Boris Johnson and Michael Gove.

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“The Cleggmania of 2010 faded fast, with the party falling back in the final weeks of the campaign”

YouGov spokesman Chris Curtis

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable is due to step down and the party is set to elect a new leader for the next General Election.

Jo Swinson has said she will lead a movement to tackle "nationalism and populism" as she joined the race to succeed Cable.

A new Lib Dem leader will be in place on July 23 after Sir Vince announced his decision to stand down earlier this year, and Ms Swinson will face competition from former cabinet minister Sir Ed Davey.

Ms Swinson, who also served as a minister in the coalition government, is already the bookmakers' favourite.

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LIBERAL DEMOCRATS: YouGov put Vince Cable's party first for the first time in nine years (Pic: GETTY)

The Lib Dems came second in the EU Election as they have seen their popularity surge, collecting voters from both Labour and the Tories.

Labour grandee Alastair Campbell was actually expelled from his party after he confessed to voting Lib Dem.

It has been four years of rebuilding for the Lib Dems as they joined a hideously unpopular coalition with the Tories in 2010.

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg – who served as deputy Prime Minister under David Cameron – so the party almost wiped out in the 2015 General Election.

YouGov's Chris Curtis cautioned against the Lib Dems getting too carried away with the bounce they have enjoyed since the European elections.

He said: "The Cleggmania of 2010 faded fast, with the party falling back in the final weeks of the campaign and ending up with just 1% more of the vote than they had won five years prior."

Swinson welcome the poll, saying "there's clearly an appetite for the values we stand for" and "there's a huge job to build and grow that wider movement and that's what I'm determined to do".

Ms Swinson's rival for the leadership launched his campaign with a plan to call on the Queen to stop a no-deal Brexit.

Jo Swinson

LIB DEM LEADER: Jo Swinson is the frontrunner to replace Vince Cable (Pic: GETTY) Related Articles

Sir Ed Davey

CHALLENGER: Sir Ed Davey is also running on a platform of stopping a no-deal Brexit (Pic: PA)

Sir Ed said he would propose a "cross-party humble address to Her Majesty, requiring the Prime Minister to revoke Article 50 if we got to the cliff edge.

"I hope Jeremy Corbyn will join me in that address."

A humble address is a direct communication from the House of Commons to the Queen, calling on the Government to comply with a request.

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