The Express, June 14, Owen Paterson
The remarkable Conservative victory in the election last December was due in no small part to the scores of voters in Labour’s “Red Wall” seats voting Conservative for the first time. 24 seats in this former Labour heartland returned their first Conservative MPs in decades and, in some cases, in over a century.
The reasons for these seismic shifts are many. Voters’ aversion to the hard-Left maxims of Corbynism and the stain which anti-Semitism has left on Labour will have played a role. But December’s election was undoubtedly about Brexit. Where Labour’s policy was muddled and equivocal, the Conservatives could not have been clearer. Boris Johnson would “Get Brexit Done” and would not extend the Transition Period beyond December 31, 2020.
In a new report, the Centre for Brexit Policy has found that these voters who were so essential to delivering a Conservative majority remain as convinced as ever that getting Brexit done is a priority. Recent polling which the CBP has commissioned clearly demonstrates that any extension to the Transition Period beyond the end of 2020 would have proven deeply unpopular and seen a marked decline in support for the Government.
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