MPs finally allowed Boris Johnson to hold a snap general election this week, as lawmakers backed the Prime Minister’s motion for a nationwide vote on December 12. Mr Johnson hopes to secure a parliamentary majority to ensure his Brexit deal passes the Commons ahead of the new Brexit deadline of January 31. But pollsters have warned he may struggle to secure the 320 seats necessary to get a majority, owing to the popularity of third parties.
Polling guru Sir John Curtice made the shocking prediction that a “record number” of non-Conservative MPs and non-Labour MPs will be in Parliament after the election.
He expects the SNP to win a vast majority of seats in Scotland and also believed the Lib Dems will do “extremely well”.
The politics professor at Strathclyde University told LBC: “We could have more than 100 MPs that do not belong to either of the other two parties.”
As a result, he said it will be difficult for either the Tories or Labour to win an overall majority.
Do you think Boris Johnson should sign a pact with Farage? (Image: Getty)
Nigel Farage has offered Boris Johnson a general election pact (Image: Getty)
It might be sensible therefore for the Prime Minister to agree an electoral pact with Mr Farage, to avoid a split Leave vote and to bolster his chances of gaining a parliamentary majority.
The Brexit Party have offered him one, but only on the grounds he drops the Withdrawal Agreement he negotiated with the EU.
Brexit Party chairman Richard Tice said on Twitter: “We’ve made a reasonable compromise offer to the Tories. Drop the terrible Withdrawal Agreement and take 6 months to negotiate a simple Free Trade Deal using Article 24 of