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Published: 16:49, 21 May 2019
| Updated: 18:25, 21 May 2019
The party set up by Nigel Farage to fight for Brexit is poised to sweep up in the European Parliament election - potentially taking five seats in the region that incorporates Kent and Medway.
A poll commissioned by the pro-remain campaign groups 'Best For Britain' and 'Hope Not Hate' suggests The Brexit Party is on course for a comprehensive victory.
It comes as the Prime Minister today offered MPs a chance to vote on whether there should be a second EU referendum if they back her EU Withdrawal Bill - which would give voters a say on whether to back a new Brexit deal.
The survey's findings make grim reading for the Conservatives and Labour in the South East.
It shows support for the Tories stands at 11% - the same as the Greens - behind the Liberal Democrats on 21% and the Brexit Party on 37% - higher than the 34% the party polled in the same survey for its national share.
But the poll is even worse for Labour in the South East, which is placed fourth on just 10%.
According to the poll, the pro-remain Change UK Party, set up by disaffected Labour MPs and Conservative MPs, is unlikely to receive enough support to secure any MEPs in this week’s poll, with just 5% of voters in the south east saying they will back the new party. Ukip is on 4%.
The poll by YouGov and Datapraxis surveyed 9,260 people.
Ashford MP Damian Green, a key ally of the Prime Minister, has conceded that the Prime Minister’s chances of getting the latest version of the Brexit deal through are slim.
"I know that the strong expectation is that the vote won't go through - it hasn't gone through three times and why should the second reading of the bill be any different from the meaningful votes we have had before but let's see what happens.
"There are a lot of Labour MPs who are spooked by Nigel Farage as there are Conservative MPs.
"In politics anything is possible but if you have to make a prediction and put your mortgage on it, you would say that the vote won't go through."