The Liberal Democrats, it seems, are awakening to the possibility that UKIP nay be the highest polling party in the forthcoming election of British members of the European Parliament. Writing in The Independent this morning, the Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg declares his party will go head-to-head with Ukip at the May elections. He will contrast the Liberal Democrats’ unashamedly pro-European stance as “the party of ‘in’” with Ukip’s policy of leaving the EU.
His aim is to deny Ukip its “breakthrough moment” by mobilising pro-European voters. Nigel Farage’s party has been widely tipped to come top in the Euro polls, which are fought under proportional representation, with Labour forecast to come second and the Conservatives third.
The Owl’s election indicator currently has the UKIP the party most likely to get the highest vote.