May 12, 2019 / 10:24 AM / in 2 months

European polls will be 'difficult' for Conservative, says UK education minister

Britain's Secretary of State for Education Damian Hinds is seen outside Downing Street, as uncertainty over Brexit continues, in London, Britain May 7, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - European elections are going to be “difficult” for the governing Conservative Party, education minister Damian Hinds said on Sunday, when questioned over those Conservatives who say they will transfer their loyalty to Britain’s new Brexit Party.

“I don’t think anyone is in any doubt these are going to be difficult elections for us ... for some people this is ultimate protest vote opportunity,” Hinds told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, describing the elections later this month as a second Brexit referendum for some people.

Hinds also warned other Conservatives against pressing for the early resignation of Prime Minister Theresa May, saying that her removal from power would not change the arithmetic in parliament over Britain’s departure from the European Union.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; Editing by Toby Chopra

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