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UK PM Johnson's Conservatives see lead over Labour narrow to 7 points: ICM poll

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party saw its lead over the opposition Labour Party narrow during the last week, an opinion poll by ICM for Reuters showed on Monday, ahead of a Dec 12 election.

[LONDON] British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party saw its lead over the opposition Labour Party narrow during the last week, an opinion poll by ICM for Reuters showed on Monday, ahead of a Dec 12 election.

Support for the Conservatives fell one point to 41 per cent, while the Labour Party was up two points on 34 per cent. The pro-European Union Liberal Democrats were unchanged on 13 per cent while the Brexit Party was down one point on 4 per cent.

ICM surveyed 2,004 people online between Nov 22 and 25.

It said that for five parties that are not contesting all seats, including the Liberal Democrats and the Brexit Party, it had only given respondents the chance to support those which are standing in their constituencies.

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ICM also asked voters whether they would allow a new referendum on Scottish independence from the United Kingdom within the next five years if they were prime minister - 40 per cent said they would, 42 per cent said they would not and 18 per cent did not know.

Mr Johnson has ruled out another Scottish referendum but says that if Labour wins next month's election without a parliamentary majority, it would agree to a vote on independence next year in return for the support of the Scottish National Party.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he would not allow such a referendum for at least two years. 

REUTERS