Keir Starmer trails behind Boris as Labour sinks in latest YouGov poll | UK | News (Reports)

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The Government’s fresh lead comes despite a number of challenges including mounting concern over a new coronavirus strain which forced Boris Johnson to U-turn on Christmas restrictions. Meanwhile the Prime Minister is at the helm as Britain’s post-Brexit talks with the EU are set to go down to the wire.

Mr Johnson’s party is now ahead in the polls with 39 points to Labour’s 37, having widened its gap from the last time the survey was conducted. 

The most recent one involved a sample size of 1,898 adults in the UK and was conducted between December 15 and December 16.

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On December 9 the two parties were neck and neck with 37 points each.

Other parties such as the Greens, Brexit Party, and the SNP all had less than ten points each and still do.

One said: “I voted for Starmer but in an ever-worsening crisis the absence of real opposition is becoming more and more apparent.”

Another wrote: “Any competent leader would be 20 points ahead of the worst government in history. Starmer must resign.”

The UK’s next general election is not due to be held until 2024.

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Meanwhile, YouGov has also released polling data on whether or not the Brexit transition period should be extended.

Amid mounting calls to do so, Number 10 has so far refused to commit to continuing Brexit talks with the EU after the current December 31 deadline passes.

However, out of 4,686 British adults, 51 percent said they would support an extension to the deadline, compared to 33 percent who said they would oppose it.

Support for an extension has increased by seven points since the last survey data from December 11.

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17 percent of those polled said they did not know whether or not the deadline should be extended.

It comes as talks to negotiate a Brexit trade deal continue with just days to go.

If a deal is not agreed on, then the UK will leave the EU without a deal and will trade under World Trade Organisation rules.

Both sides have so far been unable to come to an agreement on key issues such as fisheries.

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