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Surveys increase the advantage of British conservatives over Labor

September 22, 2019

LONDON, Sep 22 (Reuters / EP) –

The conservative party of the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has an advantage of 15 percentage points over the Labor Party, according to a survey published this Saturday, before the possible holding of elections aimed at ending the stalemate on Brexit.

Thus, conservatives have obtained 37 percent in the Opinion survey for the newspaper 'Observer', while Labor has obtained 22 percent.

This announcement comes after the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, said Thursday that he believes an agreement with the United Kingdom is possible for Brexit, before adding that the 'backstop' could be replaced by other alternatives if there is guarantees that “the objectives are met”.

Johnson, meanwhile, said the British government “wants to leave (the block) in a way that protects Ireland, ensures that there is no hard border of any kind in Northern Ireland and protects the Good Friday Agreement.”

“We think we can do it and we think we can find a way forward,” said the British 'premier', who also stressed that Juncker said Wednesday he doesn't have an “emotional attachment” to the 'backstop'.

In this sense, he defended that “this is a progress”, since “that is not something that (the EU) said a month ago”. “We will see where we arrived,” he argued, while reiterating that the United Kingdom “must prepare” for an exit without agreement.

“We will be prepared for a situation without agreement on October 31. We must do both at the same time,” said the British prime minister, according to the British television network BBC.