Sir Keir Starmer has reached a clear lead in a new poll that puts the Labour party’s Brexit position at centre stage among potential future prime ministers.
According to YouGov’s Everyday Politics research, Mr Starmer is ahead of two prominent rivals in how voters might vote if Britain votes to remain in the European Union in the referendum, if the result goes against Britain’s view in June: Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Home Secretary Sajid Javid.
Together, they can be grouped together as Mr Javid leads on 22 percent and Ms Rudd on 20 percent, while Mr Starmer tops the field with 21 percent.
The poll shows a drop in support for leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn, with Mr Corbyn at 12 percent, down from 14 percent earlier this month. Meanwhile, half of respondents said they would be against any candidate running if, in the event of a UK vote to remain in the EU, the country wants to remain in the European single market.