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Conservative Party election leaflets suggest Brexit delay

'Brexit Party = more delay, more confusion, more indecision' Image copyright Conservatives Image caption This election leaflet says Brexit could be ‘blocked’ – implying it hasn’t happened yet

Conservative leaflets obtained by the BBC suggest the party accepts the UK might not have left the EU by the time it has to fight an election.

One says voting for The Brexit Party would mean “more delay” because Nigel Farage’s party “can’t deliver Brexit”.

The “new campaigning products”, made available to agents and activists last week, also reveal some of the arguments the party may use in an election.

Boris Johnson has insisted the UK will leave the EU at the end of October.

Will Brexit be delayed?

“Getting Brexit done by 31 October is absolutely crucial,” the prime minister said in Parliament on Monday.

He is currently trying to reach a deal with Brussels, but maintains the UK will leave the EU with or without one on that date.

However, a law passed by MPs last month – the so-called Benn Act – says the prime minister must request a three-month delay unless he can pass a deal, or get MPs to approve a no-deal exit, by 19 October.

Mr Johnson also wants an election soon to try to restore the Conservative Party’s ruling majority in the Commons.

A general election campaign must last at least five weeks, so one cannot take place before 31 October.

However the leaflets obtained by the BBC are written on the basis that voters will get to make a choice between parties before Brexit has been delivered.


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Media captionTech giants, such as Facebook and Google, are set to play a huge role in the next UK general election.

When a party approaches an election they decide on their arguments and put together campaign materials such as leaflets and online adverts.

The Conservative Party has been quiet on this front recently, posting no new Facebook adverts for several weeks after a flurry in August and September.

But new leaflets were made available to agents and activists last week, which suggest the party is preparing for Brexit to be delayed beyond October.

These leaflets were sent out in an email to Conservative activists, which described them as “new campaigning products” available for order.

They also shed light on how the Tories might attack their opponents in a campaign – and seek to win over voters depending on their EU stance.

For example, one leaflet is aimed at people who voted Leave and are now deciding between the Conservatives and The Brexit Party.

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