General election 2019: Can a Remain alliance win seats? - BBC Newsnight

Jo Swinson on the campaign trail

Jo Swinson on the campaign trail

Plaid Cymru, the Liberal Democrats and the Greens have agreed a pro-EU electoral pact in 60 seats.

Their pact means that, in Wales, two of the parties will agree not to field a candidate, boosting the third candidate's chances of picking up the Remain vote.

The project, called Unite to Remain, and led by the former MP Heidi Allen, has been launched more widely after they claimed initial success in the Brecon and Radnorshire byelection earlier this year.

The Unite to Remain group will unveil details of the seats covered by the new tie-up at a press conference on Thursday.

Allen, who is leaving politics at this election after spells with the Tories, Change UK and the Lib Dems, said: "This is a Brexit election, and staying in the European Union is possible - and this is the deciding moment".

In England, it will simply be a two-way agreement between the Lib Dems and the Greens.

"We are putting party politics aside in the interest of our country and [we have] cemented a cross-party arrangement whereby remain-voting parties in England and Wales are working together to back one remain candidate".

Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson stands to gain the most from the Remain Alliance, with Green and Plaid Cymru stepping aside for her candidates in 43 seats.

"The number of seats achieved, and the scope of what we're seeking to achieve, is unprecedented in modern British political history".

Sian Berry, co-leader of the Green Party, said: "The crash-out Brexit the Tories are pushing for would be a disaster for people up and down England and Wales".

Ms Allen, who will not be standing in the general election, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that the "sense of a common objective really focused minds".

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