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Friday, 14 June 2024 – 06:07

Remain-backing parties agree to form electoral pact

The Liberal Democrats, The Green Party and Plaid Cymru have formed an electoral pact, agreeing not to stand against each other in a selection of seats at the upcoming general election.

The tactical move by the three parties in 60 constituencies is in an effort to increase the likelihood of picking up the Remain vote at the election, with all of the three parties being anti-Brexit and supporting another referendum.

Speaking on Thursday, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Jo Swinson said;

“We are delighted that an agreement has been reached,” said Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson. “This is a significant moment for all people who want to support Remain candidates across the country.”

The pact comes after Boris Johnson rejected an offer to form an election pact with Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party at the upcoming election.

The agreement between the three remain-backing parties will see the Green Party stand aside for the Lib Dems in 39 seats, and the Green Party will run unchallenged by the Lib Dems in nine seats, including in Brighton Pavilion, currently the seat of their only MP.

In Wales, Plaid Cymru will run unchallenged by the Lib Dems and the Green Party in seven seats.

In recent weeks, the Lib Dems have claimed it is possible that they could win over 300 seats at the upcoming election, and that they would revoke Article 50 if they were to win a majority.

A YouGov poll on Wednesday placed the Lib Dems on 17 percentage points and the Green Party on just 5.

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