Brexit Party tops national poll for first time as Nigel Farage hails ‘historic moment'

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Brexit Party tops national poll for first time as Nigel Farage hails ‘historic moment'

Brexit Party tops national poll for first time as Nigel Farage hails ‘historic moment'

The Brexit Party has come out on top in a national poll for the first time ever, with Nigel Farage hailing it as an “historic moment”.

With 26 per cent of the vote, Mr Farage’s party would emerge as the largest party if a general election was held now, the Opinium poll suggests.

Labour would come in second place with 22 per cent of vote, followed by the Conservative Party with 17 per cent and the Liberal Democrats with 16 per cent.

Mr Farage tweeted: “Historic moment as The Brexit Party takes lead in national poll.”

The former Ukip leader has been campaigning in Peterborough ahead of a by-election this Thursday, where he hopes his newly formed party can win their first seat in Parliament.

He expects candidate Mike Greene to challenge the Labour Party in disgraced MP Fiona Onasanya's former seat.

It comes as Donald Trump urged the Government to send Mr Farage into Brexit negotiations and called on the UK to leave the EU without a deal if Brussels refuses to meet its demands.

He told the Sunday Times it was a "mistake" not to involve Mr Farage in negotiations, saying he has a "lot to offer" and is someone he likes "a lot".

Mr Trump added: "He is a very smart person. They won't bring him in. Think how well they would do if they did. They just haven't figured that out yet."

The president, who will arrive in London from three-day state visit on Monday, said the British Government has to "get the deal closed".

But he added: "If they don't get what they want, I would walk away... If you don't get the deal you want, if you don't get a fair deal, then you walk away."