Britain’s anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) will unveil its policy pledges on Thursday, restarting an election campaign which was suspended after a suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured dozens more in the northern city of Manchester. Britons are due to vote on June 8, with the latest polls, published before Monday’s attack, showing Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives comfortably ahead of the main opposition Labour Party, albeit with a narrowing lead. The two main parties will restart their national campaigns on Friday but UKIP, which was key to securing Britain’s exit from the European Union, said the best response to the attack was to begin as soon as possible.
“We took the decision that the best way to show these people that we will not be beaten, that they will not win, is to get back into the saddle,” UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall told BBC radio.
Opinion polls providing the first insight into whether the bombing has affected voting preferences are due in the coming days.