Sir John Curtice suggested the Unite to Remain alliance the Liberal Democrats forged with the Green Party and Plaid Cymru is "almost inevitably" going to have a "small" impact on the upcoming general election. Lib Dems leader Jo Swinson announced the pact on Thursday, confirming candidates from the three parties will stand aside in up to 60 seats to favour prospective MPs from an allied party who is more likely to secure a victory. But speaking to Politics Live, the polling guru said: "At the end of the day, some of the Remain parties have gotten together – some of the smaller Remain parties have gotten together.
"Almost inevitably, that means their effect is going to be relatively small. The bit that matters are the seats where the Greens are standing down in favour of the Liberal Democrats."
Green Party co-leaders Jonathan Bartley and Siân Berry agreed to have their candidates stand aside in 40 constituencies – including Buckingham, Harrogate and Warrington South.
The Strathclyde University professor continued: "There aren’t that many seats that the Liberal Democrats look at though, given their current polling position, they’d be likely to take off the Conservatives.
"Therefore, inevitably, their effect is going to be small. My best guess is probably around half a dozen seats more for the Liberal Democrats, perhaps."
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General election 2019: Sir John Curtice said the alliance's impact will be "small" (Image: BBC)
General election 2019: Sir John also pointed out "not all" Green Party voters backed Remain (Image: BBC)
Sir John also pointed out another flaw in the argument the Unite to Remain alliance appears to be riding on toward the general election.
He added: "We certainly can’t assume that all the voters will be herded in the requisite direction and not absolutely everybody who votes for the Greens is in favour of remaining inside the European Union."
Also, a poll conducted earlier this week indicated that Tory Remainers are