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Boris Johnson faces a millennial Brexit wildcard


The Liberal Democrat party’s message “bollocks to Brexit” is a message aimed squarely at opponents of Brexit in both the Conservative and Labour parties, and those who are unhappy with their respective leaders’ baggage. Johnson is viewed as slipshod by his detractors, while Corbyn has been dogged by allegations of anti-Semitism among his supporters and opposition to his policies of nationalization. “Voters don’t like split parties,” says Nick Barlow, a researcher at Queen Mary University of London and Liberal Democrat councillor. “They often punish them at the polls as happened to the Conservatives in 1997 and Labour in the 1980s.”

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