A British government minister has admitted that the ruling Conservative Party faces an angry backlash from voters at this month's European elections, as an opinion poll showed that Nigel Farage's new Brexit Party got more support than the two traditional parties combined.
Andrew Hawkins, the chairman of ComRes, described the poll as a "disaster", adding: "If the Conservative leadership contenders are not careful, there will be no party for them to lead".
Jeremy Corbyn would be able to lead a minority government with 27% support, leaving the Brexit Party with 20% and the Conservatives 19% support, according to the poll commissioned by Brexit Express.
Mr Farage said that if the Brexit Party was successful in the European Parliament elections, he would ask for the party's MEPs to become part of an EU negotiating team.
That level of support would see the Brexit Party win 49 seats, becoming the UK's second biggest party after Labour, with 137.
"Elsewhere, latest opinion polls in the United Kingdom are indicating that support for Nigel Farage's Brexit Party is soaring with the Opinium survey for the Observer newspaper indicating that the Brexit Party would take 34% of the vote in the May 23 European Parliament elections, compared with 21% for Labour and just 11% for the Conservatives".
Adam Drummond, head of political polling at Opinium said it was "remarkable" the new party could be on the cusp of overtaking the party of government.
Nearly three years since Britain voted to leave the European Union, the Brexit process has become mired in chaos with Prime Minister Theresa May's inability so far to get a deal through parliament fuelling anger among voters.
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage gestures on an open topped bus while on the European Election campaign trail in Sunderland, England, Saturday, May 11, 2019.
The survey, carried out by YouGov for The Times, has the Tories on just 10%, behind the Greens on 11%.
The main opposition Labour Party came in second place on 21 percent, while the pro-EU Liberal Democrats, the most popular party to explicitly call for a second referendum to reverse Brexit, were on 12 percent.